THE ART OF
DENISE OYAMA MILLER
Denise Oyama Miller was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and moved to California in 1960. She now lives in Fremont with her husband. They have two married sons and 3 grandchildren. She completed her formal education at the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in mathematics. Denise worked for Kaiser Permanente in the information technology area before retiring to work on her art full time. Her work has won many awards and has been included in many private and public collections. She shows her work at Valley Art Gallery in Walnut Creek and is a frequent exhibitor at the Olive Hyde Art Gallery in Fremont. She is a Juried Artist Member of the Studio art Quilt Associates, Inc.
I want people to relate to the landscape when they see my textile work. In Nature, I look for patterns, and textures, and color combinations that can be interpreted in fabric. I use these elements and different techniques to create landscapes to connect the viewer to the image. I always use the quilting line to highlight specific parts of my design.
I have chosen to work in fabrics, because the nature of fabric is adaptable to so many processes, and it is a medium to which most everyone can relate. Nature is a source of constant inspiration. With my landscape work, I am also paying homage to my Japanese ancestry and to Japanese art focused on Nature.