San Anselmo Artists Open Studios
Sherrill Miller is a Marin-based landscape painter, art teacher through adult
programs in Marin and co-founder of BayWood Artists. Born in Pasadena, raised in
San Marino and spending summers in Laguna Beach, Miller grew up immersed in
cities known for California Impressionism and with family-owned paintings by
Edgar Payne, Mabel Alvarez and others. After pursuing a career in psychotherapy
and career counseling, Miller returned to painting landscapes as a way to
connect with the environment through the tradition of plein air painting. Her
work often depicts the scenes she is most familiar with: the hills, oaks and
eucalyptus of the North Bay and the beaches of Laguna where she still spends her
summers. Aware of how population growth has devastated the countryside of
Southern California, it is important to Miller to paint the scenes that matter
to her before they disappear.
In 1997, Miller
and a small group of fellow landscape painters formed BayWood Artists, a
non-profit organization that contributes awareness and funds to preservation and
conservation organizations. She is the chair of this year’s show to benefit the
Save The Bay organization which is dedicated to preventing landfill and
restoring the baylands of San Francisco Bay.
Miller is a
member of several art organizations including California Art Club, Laguna Plein
Air Association, American Impressionist Society and Oil Painters of America.
Miller has been in shows at both the Haggin and Riverside Museums as well as at
Bluebird Gallery in Laguna Beach, Sausalito Art Collections, Painter’s Place in
Larkspur and the Studio Gallery in San Francisco. Miller has been a long time
artist with MarinScapes and was their featured artist in 2010. She was also one
of ten artists chosen for an oral history that focused on the healing aspects of
painting in Marin for the Marin County Libraries. Miller took art courses at UC
Berkeley, Bennington College and Laguna Beach Center of Art and Design while
pursuing degrees in counseling Miller took art courses at UC Berkeley,
Bennington College and Laguna Beach Center of Art and Design while pursuing
degrees in counseling.