WAKE FOREST — When artist Jamie Miller sits down to work, she doesn’t always know where her first brush strokes or pencil lines will take her.
For Miller, seeing how things turn out is part of the pleasure of art.
“Creating art for me is basically soul expression,” she said. “It just comes from the heart.”
Miller’s newest show, “Angels and Abstracts” opens this Friday at The Wake Forest Art and Frame Shop, 139 S. White St., during Art After Hours.
The show reflects the variety of styles and subjects Miller is drawn to, from bright portraits of angel faces full of color to neutral-toned abstracts that convey a sense of calm.
Miller, 63, has been interested in art since she was old enough to hold her first crayon. As an adult, she always made sure to have a creative outlet of some kind – especially through fiber arts – when she worked as a teacher and a career Navy officer.
Once Miller retired from full-time work in 2005, she was able to draw more and then moved into exploring oil pastels and painting.
“It just keeps evolving,” she said.
Miller works part time at the frame shop and also teaches art classes.
She said that she carries her experiences of teaching elementary school and training classes in the Navy into the art classroom. Though the subject matter is different, she can break down concepts easily for her students – with the hope they’ll find the same joy she does in creating.
Miller lives in Raleigh and has two grown children. She donates a portion of her art sales to a local shelter for cats.