about the artist

Contemporary landscape artist, Nancy Hughes Miller

A graphic designer and graduate of NC State's School of Design, Nancy switched gears in 2007 to live a dream and become a full time artist. A native of North Carolina, she lives near Raleigh in Cary and paints in her home studio. Growing up in a small town near the beaches of North and South Carolina, Nancy developed a love for the coast. One of her favorite places from childhood and now is Sunset Beach, NC — it's a big influence on her art. The fragile beauty of the area inspires Nancy, especially scenes devoid of human activity and disruption — deserted beaches, tranquil marshes, colorful seas — vistas connected to the sky. Her subjects also include inland lakes and rural fields, views seen from her drives to the coast. From observation, memory and imagination, she explores color and light, shapes and forms — while creating a contemporary landscape in her unique style. And though derived from familiar places, Nancy's oil paintings are not usually of a specific location but an impression of everyday nature — where the colors of sky, earth and water converge on the horizon.


Inspired by beauty in the landscape, I seek to capture a bold yet quiet impression of everyday nature — as the colors of sky, earth and water converge on the horizon.


about the art

The landscape and feelings: Luminism

Nancy Hughes Miller shares some of the practices and goals of 19th century Luminist artists as she explores light and its effect on the landscape. As they, she seeks to elevate everyday nature with compositions featuring large skies and calm, reflective waters— rendered in a smooth finish without visible brushstrokes. Luminist landscapes emphasize tranquility, depicting a poetic experience of nature or a contemplative perception of nature

As the Luminists, I strive not to paint the reality of the landscape but 'the state of feeling’ which the landscape produces in me.

The marsh landscape and mood

North Carolina landscape artist, Nancy Hughes Miller, has a love for her state's barrier islands— but not just for their sandy beaches. To Nancy, relaxing and soothing to view are their tidal, salt marshes that separate the islands from the mainland. She finds them especially inspiring in mid-summer, when the marsh grass turns brilliant yellow-green. Nancy features this chartreuse-like color in her marsh paintings, combined with varying colors in the sky and water. 

I hope my scenes of inlet waters winding to the ocean or those with large clouds on the horizon are a calming influence on the viewer, the way this coastal landscape affects my mood.  

Juried, solo exhibitions and art events

2017 

Corridor Gallery featured artist, August-October 2017, Artspace, Raleigh, NC
Cloudspotting, April-July 2017, 1251 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY
Art Ball Gala, February 11, Cary Visual Art, NC Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
2016
Live auction artist, November 19, Collectors Gala, Artspace, Raleigh, NC
Featured guest artist, February 26- March 22, Cary Gallery of Artists, Cary, NC
For the Love of Art Gala, featured artist, February 20, Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh, NC
Corridor Gallery featured artist, December 2015-February 2016, Artspace, Raleigh, NC
2015
Corridor Gallery featured artist, December 2015-February 2016, Artspace, Raleigh, NC
Community Exchange Exhibit, August-October, AJ Fletcher Foundation, Raleigh, NC
2014
Colorscapes, September featured artist, The Little Art Gallery, Raleigh, NC
2013
59th Annual Member Show juried exhibit, Durham Art Guild, Durham, NC
SCAPES juried exhibit, Durham Art Guild, Durham, NC
2012
Featured 2-artist exhibition, August-September, The Little Art Gallery, Raleigh, NC
Landscapes Reinterpreted, 2-artist exhibition, Town Hall Gallery, Cary, NC
Scope: The NC Landscape, Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh, NC
2011
Coastal Color, solo exhibition, Sunset River Marketplace, Calabash, NC
Art of the Auction, juried donor, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
Emulous, Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh, NC
2010
For the Love of Art, juried donor, Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh, NC
The Road Show, 2nd Place, Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh, NC
Exchange Gallery Artist, Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh, NC
2009
Here & There, solo exhibition, Sunset River Marketplace, Calabash, NC
Saving the Places You Love, invitational exhibit, Mahler Fine Art, Raleigh, NC
Landscapes, etc., solo exhibition, Jordan Hall Arts Center, Cary, NC
2008
Picture This, Prevent Child Abuse NC art gala, Raleigh, NC
Emulous, Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh, NC
Scope: The NC Landscape, Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh, NC
2007
Carolina Color, Junior League sponsored exhibition, Raleigh, NC
n.e.w. show, Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh, NC
Travel Scenes, Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh, NC