Denise Oyama Miller is a textile/mixed media artist working in Fremont, California. She is originally from Maryland and moved to California in 1960. She completed her formal education in mathematics at the University of California at Berkeley. Denise worked in Information Technology for 30 years for the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program before retiring to work on her art full-time. She is focusing her current work on art quilting and fiber art, but has also worked in other mediums. She has won many awards, and her work is in private and public collections. Her artwork can be seen at Valley Art Gallery in Walnut Creek, CA and at the Art in the Village in Portland, OR. She is also a frequent exhibitor at the Olive Hyde Gallery in Fremont, CA and the Harrington Gallery in Pleasanton, CA. She is a juried artist member of the Studio Art Quilt Associates and is responsible for Regional Exhibitions in Northern California and Nevada.
I have chosen to work in fabrics, because the nature of fabric is adaptable to so many processes, and it is medium to which that everyone can relate. As long as I can remember, I have worked with fabric and other materials to create pieces of art. I have always loved to put different things together to see what I can make with them.
Nature is a source of constant inspiration. I try to capture the sense of peace and beauty in the outdoors. Different landscapes evoke different feelings in me, and I love the more intimate landscapes where I can explore the details of plants, trees, rocks, and flowers. I am fascinated by the different patterns that are created by their shapes, textures and colors, and I am drawn to high value contrasts and lots of color in my designs. With my landscape work, I am also paying homage to my Japanese ancestry and to Japanese art focused on Nature.