We had the good fortune of connecting with Noelle Miller and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Noelle, how do you think about risk?
Risk taking has been at the forefront of business lately. When things feel stagnant I think it means something needs to be pushed. I believe the only way to grow my business and to grow in life is to take risks. Risks challenge me and every challenge, small or large helps push me to realize what I am capable of. This builds confidence, both personally and professionally and creates a cycle of growth and excitement.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am an abstract artist working mostly with acrylic and pastel on paper and canvas. I create an array very colorful and fluid works from 2D paintings, 3D paintings, murals and label art for various breweries. I studied art in college and then moved to Asheville, NC where I became involved in their River Arts District. That community and experience taught me everything I know about how to become a “working artist”. It has been a long road, one that will always be teaching me. The best (but worst) way I learn is through failure and of course, a lot of determination. Over the years I have learned how to run a business and how to keep pushing myself artistically. Everything that is hard teaches me ten times more than what is easy. In the thick of everything I always try to remember that. My hope is that my work reminds its viewers of the beauty in the everyday, of this moment right now and that it evokes wonder and playfulness in the world.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend was visiting, the forefront of our trip would be MUSIC! We would catch Phish at Dick’s and then some fun shows at the Mission Ballroom and Cervantes while eating Watercourse for every meal of the day except for dinner where we would be eating at Uchi. In between all of our eating and music we would go on some hikes, maybe even a quick day trip up to Breckenridge to check out the wildflowers.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My successes would not be possible without the endless support from my family, especially my husband aka Business Manager. They believe in me when I don’t and they always say yes to babysitting. I am also part of a mentorship group, The Art Queens, founded by artist Ekaterina Popova and this group provides endless amount of real world art business advice which has helped my business grow immensely.