Archway Gallery presents Margaret Miller: "Respite" opening day
"Respite," an exhibition of oil paintings by Margaret Miller, represents her artistic journey through the COVID-19 pandemic. In March of 2020, Miller knew she had an exhibition coming up in August of 2021 when "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong came on the radio, Miller felt she should paint a house with a rainbow. From there she moved on to local places in Houston such as the Heights, Midtown, and Memorial Park areas, and she ventured out to Brazos Bend State Park.
Miller traces her fondness for art back to spending three childhood summers visiting an aunt in Washington, DC. During those trips, Miller, her sister, and her aunt often visited museums together. Miller would sometimes select the National Gallery of Art. This, she says, was the start of her appreciation of art. Her interest in art was further nurtured by her parents, Marian and Rick Hanner, who encouraged her with private art lessons throughout her childhood and teenage years.
After a 30-year career as a print and web designer at a major energy company, Miller can now devote her energies to painting. Her paintings start from sketches or photographs taken on her walks when the light is right. Light and mood are just as important to her as subject matter.
Following the opening day, the exhibit will be on view through September 2.