ARTIST STATEMENT
 
   Paula Jo Miller is an abstract artist living in beautiful Pagosa Springs, CO. Formerly a nonprofit consultant; she retired In 2011 to pursue her passion for painting. Now an established artist, Paula paints commissioned pieces, exhibits in galleries, and travels the country teaching her abstract art workshop, Courage in Creativity.
 
Paula's artistic process has evolved over the years. Starting with simple abstracts on small boards, she now piles thick textures and saturated colors, often with her fingers, on oversized canvasses. Her everyday life is her inspiration - creating cool and colorful Colorado wildlife and mountain scenes.
 
Paula comes from a long line of remarkable female artists. The finest was her Mom who took her first painting class at age 60 and went on to create many beautiful pieces. Her courage inspires Paula everyday.
 
Supporting her community also inspires Paula. She regularly teaches Courage in Creativity workshops as fundraisers and donates proceeds to local nonprofits. Her greatest inspiration comes from working with victims of domestic violence where she listens to survivors’ stories and attempts to paint what gives them hope.
 
Recently, Paula was featured as “Top Artist to Watch” in Art Blend magazine. Two of her pieces will be included in the Durango Art Center's 41st Juried Exhibition on June 23. And her next fundraising event, Paint for Pagosa, will take place on June 24 & 25 where she’ll donate 50% of the fees to four Pagosa nonprofits.