Born in Minneapolis in 1952, Bruce Miller showed signs of artistic talent at an early age, given a set of acrylic paints for seventh grade art class, he painted exclusively with acrylics until 1999, when he began painting with oils.
After high school, Bruce majored in art at St. Cloud State University and expanded his horizons as a world traveler. He returned to Minnesota to seriously pursue his art career in 1975. Miller experimented with a variety of genres including portraits, landscape, abstract and surrealism. Being an avid outdoorsman and Eagle Scout, in 1981 he began painting wildlife.
In 1988 he won his first national contest, Artist of the Year for the Michigan Wildlife Art Festival and since has won over 50 awards and been featured at several major art shows in the country.
He has won 23 conservation stamps including the 1993 Federal Duck Stamp and the 2007 Texas Duck Stamp. And was named the 1999 Ducks Unlimited International Artist of the Year, The National Wild Turkey Federation Artist of the Year 2008 and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Artist of the Year in 2002 and 2011. Miller's work has generated over $10,000,000 for conservation.
His work also has won critical acclaim, being selected for the Leigh Yawkey Woodson “Birds in Art” exhibition. His paintings have won two 'Award of Excellence' honors, at the Natureworks art show in Tulsa.
In 1999, Miller was moved by some art he saw at The Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis. He decided to switch to oil and attempt to paint in the impressionistic manner. His work continues to evolve after 4 years of intense study, from 2000-2004.
He studied composition, value and color, and edges for the first time! Each morning from 8-10 am, Miller would read art books on the principles of good painting, and study the work of artists he admired.
Now he takes this knowledge, and the information he continues to learn and tries to create better paintings. He paints with oils on Belgian linen canvas. He feels very fortunate to be a professional artist for the last 25 years.