We had the good fortune of connecting with Stow Miller and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Stow, what principle do you value most?
The principle that matters most to me is maintaining that I make the paintings I want to make. It is easy for artists to chase after trends and end up creating work that they think will sell and because of that, lose the inspiration that brought them to their craft originally. It’s important to me to create work that I want to see and to follow ideas and inspiration that are my own. This can be a really challenging practice and it doesn’t mean that you can’t stand on the shoulders of giants, but my father expressed this idea to me when he said “true creatives never realize they’re out of the box.” What this means to me, and what I think is most important in any creative practice, is to do what you want to do and avoid considering or defining you’re creative choices in any auxiliary contexts. Just make YOUR art.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m an emerging artist whose work attempts to explore perceptions and mindsets that are often unrecognized and/or elusive. My work has been exhibited every from Washington, to Colorado, to New York and I’m a current resident at Art Gym Denver. My work is largely inspired by Baroque and post war contemporary art. In each of my paintings there is a narrative structure or archetype meant to be explored and discussed. I am a firm believer in Alois Riegl’s theory The Beholder’s Share, which states: a work of art is not complete until the viewer responds to it. Because of this idea, my work attempts to combine representational and abstract elements which are intended to build a narrative framework, encouraging the viewer to contribute to the piece with their own intuitions, philosophies, memories, and ideas. The largest lesson I’ve learned along the way is that people respond to authenticity. If people don’t respond to your work but you’re proud of it and enjoying making it, keep going, people will catch up.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Eat at Snarf Burger, head across the street to the 3 Kilts for a drink, then walk to Cheeseman Park for a nap. I always recommend checking out Larimer Street, bopping around between the bars, getting some food and people watching.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to dedicate my shoutout to my mentor and friend Charlie Schmidt

Website: www.stowmillerart.com

Instagram: @stowkt

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stow-miller-9a62b1133/

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