Art IS in the eye of the beholder, but, hopefully, the vision is in the eye of the artist. As a photographer, abstractionist and visual artist, I try to find the vision within the larger picture. Whether it is working to bring out the beauty of an image or manipulating an image into some "new life," I hope to find something that has been missed by others.
As I am working, many times I feel or sense where a shot is going or what I want to capture, hoping that it will be different from what other photographers and artists see in the same image. At other times, I may not find those subtle messages or differences until I actually start processing the work. Often I have a clear path leading me to the final image I want to bring to the viewer. But, just as often, the image I am working on will lead me down multiple paths, each with a special message or vision and each equally strong. So it is not unusual for me to develop multiple images (which are completely different in style, tone and format) from a single original. As an artist I must remain open to all of the possibilities a piece may offer and not feel the need to follow a single track to the final image. I must also be open to new tools and ways of working to create the images that I see in my mind. For me it is a constant exploration of the art, the image and the craft.
Charles Miller's art training is principally as a theatre designer. He received his BA and MA in Theatre from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, KS. He also studied Educational Theatre and aesthetics at New York University, School of Education. He has worked as a set, lights, props and costume designer at NYU, Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, NJ; Raritan Valley Community College in North Branch, NJ and has worked with various off Broadway theatres, dance companies and community theatres. He has also worked as a Performing Arts Administrator at various colleges and for the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, NJ.
Charles Miller is currently the manager of the Art Upstairs Gallery and the Starlight Gallery at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, NJ, where his interests as a visual artist were rekindled. He is the founder and manager of The Bistro Gallery at the Perfect Taste Grill in Buckingham, PA. He recently joined Gallery 14 in Hopewell, NJ. He started working seriously in photography and digital abstractions in 2008 and has studied with Nancy Ori, Sally Davidson, Larry Parsons and others to develop his visual eye and photographic skills. He uses the internet to develop new art skills and maintain relationships with artists around the world.
He is a member of The Contemporary Arts Group (CAG); Millburn Short Hills Arts Center (MSHAC); NJ Photographers Forum; and Visions (a collective of artists that presents shows throughout NJ.) He is also a founding member of the Hunterdon County Photo Club. His works have been shown in the Morris County Library, Overlook Hospital, Simons Cancer Center, Chatham Library, Bernardsville Library, Art Upstairs Gallery, Papermill Playhouse, Hunterdon County Library, Wallflowers Gallery and Cranes Mill Gallery. His works have been selected for the annual "N.J. Photographers Forum Juried Show" at Watchung Arts Center in each of the last three years: In 2011 his work "The Gossips" was given an Award of Excellence. In 2012 "Convergence" received an Award of Merit. He received an Honorable Mention in the MSHAC juried show at Overlook Hospital and an Award of Merit in the MSHAC show at The Atlantic Health Corporate Offices. Three of his photographs were selected for inclusion in the 2011 calendar published by Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ. His piece "The Gossips" was selected for inclusion in the "Members' Musings" show at Grounds for Sculpture in 2011. In 2012 two of his photographs, "Fire Blasting - The Creation of a Piece," and "The Shrug," were juried into the "Focus on Sculpture" juried show. He is also a represented artist at The Artist Framer in Cranford, NJ where he has participated in multiple group shows and in a solo show.