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‘I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.’ John Steinbeck ——————————————————————————————————– ‘Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.’ Camille Pissario, Master Artist


 Laura Bird Miller is a fine artist out of Longwood, Florida, a northern suburb of Orlando, Florida. She grew up in Minnesota where she graduated from college with a Bachelors of Arts in Biology with Fine Art.  Laura produced many illustrations for scientific publications before settling into teaching art when her children were school age.  As her children got older, she started painting en plein air and creating oil paintings of animals, befitting of her love of nature and biology.  

Some of the values that guide her artistic process include empathy, transparency, and faith.  The result is a clear vision that lends itself to creating meaningful images of nature through God’s handiwork. A propensity toward illustration in combination with the intuitive palette-knife and brushwork equip her to produce images that establish a strong sense of artistic identity. 

“One of my greatest joys is the feeling of a group of elementary students racing through my art room doorway, hardly waiting to create art with me, watching a high school student blossom like a budding flower, or an adult glowing as they awaken their inner artist.  I simply love my students!  As an art educator for over a decade, my heart is to encourage students to use their talents for God’s glory and tell a visual story with their artwork that would come straight from their hearts!  If I have encouraged them to make their own personal mark on the page, inspired them to do their best, to not be afraid to do hard things, to create from their hearts, and use their gift of creativity at any level to bring honor to the Gift-Giver, then I feel I have done my part and they, in turn, will go forth and bear much fruit.

I continually strive to grow as an artist so that I can lead well and give more.  There are a few of my paintings on this site, but if you wish to see more, please visit www.laurabirdart.com.

One of my high school students, Bekah, won the FL Fish and Wildlife Conservation student contest in 2011 that I entered her artwork into, and her manatee painting has been used for 2012’s decals that were purchased at the tax collector’s office!  Several of my students have gone on to become great artists, teachers, and professors.  Some now teach at my studio, Coffee and Canvas in Longwood, Florida, including Austin, Lauren, Kacey, and Amber.

My heart’s desire is to serve my family, my students, my art collectors/clients, and give back to the community through the gifts of creativity I’ve been so graciously given:  through teaching,  paintings, pendants, and creating awareness of the beauty found in nature, God’s creation, through Truth, through humor, and, in a nutshell, simple things.”

 

 

 

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John Smith