GALLERIES:
PAINTINGS
 
Diane Miller Fine Art Photography
 

 

I am not solely a photographer.  I love scratching on paper, delicately etched lines of pencil and ink, and the earthy smell of linseed oil and true turpentine, and sometimes I return to these wonderfully tactile media. But when I do I am satisfied more with the process than the results.  I also love capturing photographic images, and I love the search for them.  And in this case I am more pleased with the results.

In photography there are barriers between my vision of an image and what I can capture and bring forth in a print.  I overcome these limitations by scanning film (35mm and 6x7 cm formats) or shooting digitally, and working with the images in the digital darkroom.  This takes the place of a wet darkroom, and what it lacks in tactility it makes up for in possibility, which is intellectual tactility.  It allows me to go beyond the captured image and create a work of art that springs from my vision.  I can bring out the potential I felt in an image. I never let the computer take creativity out of my hands -- I don't use tools or techniques that make canned decisions for me.  The computer is a tool, not an assistant.  I use it because it gives me more opportunities for craft (achieving the utmost in print quality) and creativity than does the conventional darkroom.  Just as a painter would, I use all the tools at my disposal to create a work of art.  It is not the tools or the techniques that make an image, it is the vision of the artist.  The final image speaks with its own voice from within its layers of mystery and surprise.

Digital technology has brought color photography to the level of art that had been the exclusive province of black-and-white photography.  Traditional darkroom color printing is largely mechanical, and not amenable to the manipulations and subtle refinements that black-and-white printing allows.  But with digital techniques I can adjust a color image beyond the dodging and burning of the black-and-white darkroom.  These refinements, along with digital printing methods, allow color images to attain the artistic control and sensuous tonal range and surface quality of fine black and white prints.

Digital images are not a qualitative change from traditional photography, but only another step in the expansion of photographic technology.  Every development since the invention of photography was driven by a desire to overcome the limitations of film and printing, in order to better represent what the photographer saw rather than what he was simply able to capture -- to achieve a print that rose above the information contained in the negative or even the scene itself, and to express the information that was in the mind of the beholder.  Ansel Adams, who made technical innovations in development and printing in order to more fully realize his artistic vision, foresaw the digital revolution and welcomed it.

An important aspect of art to me is craft, which translates to quality.  Up until I went digital I shot with both 35mm and medium format (Mamiya RZ-67) film cameras and I have a high-end film scanner with which I scan my slides or negatives directly, for the highest resolution and color information.  This gives me images of about 25 and 75 megapixels for the two film sizes.  I began to shoot digital images in 2004 with the advent of the Canon EOS 20D (subsequently upgraded to the Canon 5D) using Canon's top-of-the-line professional lenses.  I work with the images in the latest version of Adobe Photoshop, the professional standard in image-manipulation software.  I make my own archival prints with long-lasting pigment inks on watercolor paper, when size permits, otherwise I have them done by a fine-art specialty printer.

 

BIOGRAPHY:

I am largely self-taught as an artist and photographer, guided by my passions and instincts. I pursued a career in science, obtained a Ph.D. in biochemistry at the University of Illinois in 1970 and did a postdoctoral fellowship at U.C. Medical Center in San Francisco. While there I met my husband, who is a pilot and something of an adventurer. For our honeymoon we flew around the world in our single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza. In facing choices about life together, a career in academic science just didn’t fit, so for a number of years my life centered on airborne adventures and two beautiful daughters. Now they have grown into wonderful young women and I have time again for art, primarily through photography.

My focus is the world of nature and the spiritual peace I find there. I am fortunate to live in the wine country north of San Francisco, where the beauty of nature is so abundant.

I have been exhibiting since 1998. My work has been extremely popular in galleries and shows, and has won many awards and had numerous publications. Many of my images are available for stock usage, represented by Monsoon Images, www.monsoonimages.com and Photolibrary, www.photolibrary.com.

 

RESUME:

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

Sonoma Eyeworks, Santa Rosa, CA, 8 pieces, 2009
Sonoma Eyeworks, Santa Rosa, CA, 6 pieces, 2006
North Bay Photographer’s Supply, Santa Rosa, CA, 7 pieces, 2005
Spring Lake Village Gallery, Santa Rosa, CA, 20 pieces, 2004
Graton Gallery, Graton, CA, 25 pieces, 2004
Plaza Arts, Healdsburg, CA, 9 pieces, 2004
Graton Gallery, Graton, CA, 24 pieces, 2004
Executive Fitness, Santa Rosa, CA, 20 pieces, 2004
Sonoma Eyeworks, Santa Rosa, CA, 7 pieces, 2004
Art’s 2001 Photo Processing, Santa Rosa, CA, 7 pieces, 2003
Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Office, Santa Rosa, CA, 12 pieces, 2003 (a venue of the Cultural Arts Council of Sonoma County)
Brookwood Optical, Santa Rosa, CA, 5 pieces, 2002
Earthworks, Santa Rosa, CA, 19 pieces, 2002
Frank Howard Allen Realty, Healdsburg, CA, 6 pieces, 2002 (a venue of the Healdsburg Arts Council)
Biquor and Biquor, Santa Rosa, CA, 13 pieces, 2002
Executive Fitness, Santa Rosa, CA, 22 pieces, 2002
Empire College, Santa Rosa, CA, 9 pieces, 2002
Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Office, Santa Rosa, CA, 15 pieces, 2002 (a venue of the Cultural Arts Council of Sonoma County)
Biquor and Biquor, Santa Rosa, CA, 10 pieces, 2001
Spring Lake Village Gallery, Santa Rosa, CA, 28 pieces, 2000
North Bay Photographer’s Supply, Santa Rosa, CA, 7 pieces, 2000
Rohnert Park Community Center, Rohnert Park, CA, 9 pieces, 1999 (a venue of the Rohnert Park Association for the Arts)

GALLERY REPRESENTATION:

Gallery One, Petaluma, CA, 2007 to present
Nugalleria, Rohnert Park, CA, 2005 (terminated by gallery closure)
Graton Gallery, Graton, CA, 2004
Blue Heron Gallery, Ashland, OR, 2004 to 2009
Picture That, Santa Rosa, CA, 2003 to present
Galeria 206, Healdsburg, CA, 2002 to 2006 (terminated by gallery closure)
Lily Rose Gallery, Santa Rosa, CA, 2002 (terminated by gallery closure)
Circle Gallery, Petaluma, CA, 2001-2002 (terminated by gallery closure)
Silver Stone Gallery, Santa Rosa, CA, 2000-2001 (terminated by gallery closure)
Bodega Landmark Gallery, Bodega, CA, 1999 to present

JURIED GROUP SHOWS AND AWARDS:

Sonoma County Harvest Fair, 2008, Professional Photography:
First Place: "Laguna Tree Reflection Fantasy" and "Nesting"
Second place: "Forces at Rest Egret/Moon"
Third Place: "Laguna #8", "Rock Tree #3" and "Rose Macro #1"

Artists' Showcase, Plaza Arts, Healdsburg, CA, 2008
7 pieces

"Alternative Photography", Marin Civic Center, 2008
7 pieces

Sonoma County Harvest Fair, 2007, Professional Photography:
First Place: "White Orchids in Vase" and "Aerial View Approaching Jenner"
Second Place: "Heron With Evening Clouds"
Third Place: "Porter Creek Road Series #6" and "Wild Grape Leaves With Grasses"

Marin County Fair, 2007, Professional Photography:
Best of Show
, Creative / Alternative Prints, "Unbearable"
Second Place, Color Prints, "Lion King"

Sonoma County Harvest Fair, 2006, Professional Photography:
First Place, "Fairy Forest #1" and "7Up"
Third Place, "Moon Geese,"
Fourth Place, "Egret #5" and "Relics #2"

Napa Town and Country Fair, 2006, Professional Photography:
Honorable Mention, "7Up"

Plaza Arts, "Transitions," 2006

Marin County Fair, 2006, Professional Photography:
Honorable Mention, "Spring Grape Leaves With Dry Tendril #1"

"Holiday Show," Gallery on the Green, Windsor, CA, 2005

Sonoma County Harvest Fair, 2005, Professional Photography:
Best of Show
, "Poppy, Orange and Blue"
2nd place, "March Maples"
3rd Place, "Sausal 2005 Zinfandel"

Napa Town and Country Fair, 2005, Professional Photography:
2nd Place, "Ephemera #5"
5th Place, "Ephemera #1"

Marin County Fair, 2005, Professional Photography:
Best of Show, Digital Manipulated Prints, "Ephemera #5"

"A Portfolio of Local Artists," Gallery on the Green, Windsor, CA, 2005

"Artist’s Showcase," Plaza Arts, Heladsburg, CA, 2005

"Artist’s Showcase," Plaza Arts, Heladsburg, CA, 2004

Sonoma County Harvest Fair, 2004, Professional Photography:
Best of Show, "Dry Eucalyptus Leaves with Seed Pod"

Napa Town and Country Fair, 2004, Professional Photography:
4th Place, "Spring Grape Leaves With Dry Tendril #1 and #2"
Award of Merit, "Dry Eycalyptus Leaves with Seed Pod"

Spring Fantasy," Plaza Arts, Healdsburg, CA, 2004
Best of Show, "Tulip Tree Blossom #2 B/W"

"Fisherman’s Festival Show," Bodega Bay Allied Arts, Bodega Bay, CA, 2004

Napa Town and Country Fair, 2003, Professional Photography:
Award of Merit, "Spring Grape Leaf in Backlight #3"
Special Award, "Two Japanese Magnolias"
Special Award, "Fiddlehead Fern"

"Blossoms," Plaza Arts, Healdsburg, CA, 2003

"Fisherman’s Festival Show," Bodega Bay Allied Arts, Bodega Bay, CA, 2003

"Moved by the Land," Finley Center, Santa Rosa, CA, 2003

"Vineyard Art Show," Healdsburg Arts Council, Healdsburg, CA, 2002

"Best Foot Forward," Healdsburg Arts Council, Healdsburg, CA, 2002:
Merit Award, Photography, "Tree Reflections, Spreewald Canal"

"Sonomascapes," Fine Line Gallery, Sebastopol, CA, 2002

"Splash," Healdsburg Arts Council, Healdsburg, CA, 2002

"Click, a Photography Show," Fine Line Gallery, Sebastopol, CA, 2002:
Popular Choice Award -- "Harvest Moon"

"Moved by the Land," Finley Center, Santa Rosa, CA, 2002

"Fisherman’s Festival Show," Bodega Bay Allied Arts, Bodega Bay, CA, 2002

"Wired, Ninth Rotation," Next Level Gallery, Rohnert Park, CA, 2001

"Camera Art 3," Santa Rosa, CA, 2001:
"North Bay Days" award -- "Harvest Moon"

"The Blues," Cultural Arts Council of Sonoma County, 2000

Sonoma County Harvest Fair, 2001, Professional Photography:
Best of Show
, "Magnolia #4"

"Floribundus," Fine Line Gallery, Sebastopol, CA, 2001

"Moved by the Land," Finley Center, Santa Rosa, CA, 2001

"Seascapes, Landscapes, Sonomascapes," Fine Line Gallery, Sebastopol, CA, 2001

"CloseUpClose," Sebastopol Arts Center, Sebastopol, CA, 2001

"Fisherman’s Festival Show," Bodega Bay Allied Arts, Bodega Bay, CA, 2001

"Flower Power," Fine Line Gallery, Sebastopol, CA, 2000

"Seeing Red," Cultural Arts Council of Sonoma County, 2000

"Camera Art 2," Santa Rosa, CA, 2000

"Fisherman’s Festival Show," Bodega Bay Allied Arts, Bodega Bay, CA, 2000:
Honorable Mention -- "Sea Spray, Jenner"

"Camera Art 1," Santa Rosa, CA, 1999

"Natives by Locals," Santa Rosa, CA:
Merit Award -- "Peeling Manzanita Bark"

"Fisherman’s Festival Show," Bodega Bay Allied Arts, Bodega Bay, CA, 1999

"Art in the Redwoods," Gualala Arts Council, Gualala, CA, 1998:
Merit Award, "Sunset on Adobe, Santa Fe"

OTHER SELECTED AWARDS:

2007, Master's level, Santa Rosa Photographic Society.

February 2006, monthly contributor of online Photoshop tutorials for Adorama Academy (www.adorama.com)

Rohnert Park Association for the Arts 2004 Art Expo, Professional Photography:
First Place -- "Two Japanese Magnolias"

Aviation Week and Space Technology annual photo contest, 2001:
Honorable Mention, with publication in December 24 issue (Vol 155, No 26), "Stearman 003"

Bodega Bay Allied Arts Fall Members’ Show 2001:
Award of Merit , "Magnolia #4"

Bodega Bay Fishermen’s Festival, 2000:
Poster design competition winner, "Bodega Bay Fantasy"

California State Fair, County Fair Best of Show Competition, 1998:
4th place, "Pink Poppy"

Napa County Fair, 1998:
Best of Show, "Pink Poppy"

EDUCATION:

University of California Medical Center, San Francisco, Cardiovascular Research Institute,  postdoctoral research fellowship, 1971
University of Illinois, Ph.D. in Biochemistry, 1970