Featured Student Artist: Claire Miller

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art-num-442109661asClaire was 15 years old when her art was selected as a Top Ten Winner in our Fall 2013 national art contest. Claire is from Sartell, a small town in central Minnesota, and has always wanted to be an artist. At the time of publication, she was attending Cathedral High School in St. Cloud with her twin sister. Her first art award was a blue ribbon at the State Fair for a pastel of her twin sister as a baby. Claire loves to play tennis and she plays on Cathedral’s Varsity tennis team. She also enjoys spending time with friends, taking art classes, and participating in track and theatre.

IMG_20140222_092613Claire has studied art at the Riverside Art Studio, the Harvey Schroeder Painting Studio, the Atelier Studio of Fine Art in Minneapolis and the MeiLin Art Studio. She’s traveled hundreds of miles to receive the best art instruction she can because she wants to be the best artist she can be. Her college goal is to receive a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts with an emphasis in painting.

“I love using color, light and movement to highlight the beauty of nature.” Claire explains, “I work in oil, pastel and charcoal. I don’t paint what I see. Rather, I try to create compassion and understanding for my subjects. For example, in The Cow, I use a possibly boring subject to show the beauty of the cow by contrasting the colors of the cow with background colors of my choosing. In this drawing, the color values change gradually to create a realistic looking cow and to create a beautiful background surrounding the cow.”

The Cow has won other awards including 1st Place in Drawing at the Visual Arts Minnesota 33rd Annual High School Art Exhibition and Competition, the Spotlight On the Arts Award (1st Place) in Drawing at the Minnesota State High School League Art Competition Region 5A, 2013, and an Honorable Mention at the Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards (Jan, 2014). “I’m most proud of The Cow winning the Celebrating Arts award.”

Claire has had ten pieces win fourteen High School awards. She has also placed second in the Great River Arts Association Summertime in Minnesota Exhibition, a statewide professional juried art competition in Little Falls, Minnesota for one of her other watercolor pastel drawings of a bee with flowers. She just completed her first solo art exhibition at the Great River Regional Library in St. Cloud which displayed eighteen of her pieces.

To learn about our national art contests, visit www.celebratingart.com.

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