The journey to my current work was built on a lifetime of self discovery and personal growth both in life and art.
A great force is at work on the planet constantly, yet the current state of the earth is moving me to express the deepest echo reverberating around the world.
There is a yearning and pleading voice speaking through me and I consider it a privilege to answer the call.
I had the honor of seeing Oprah in person. The most poignant moment in her speech was a line she said her friend, Gayle said to her when she was complaining about her life. She said "USE ME, USE ME, USE ME." In other words stop complaining and put your powers and potential to work for the good of others.
That has been my mantra for years and is to this day.
Art is a very personal expression. Each of us gravitates to different subjects, styles and mediums, yet the one thread sown, is the desire to silently speak through color, line, design and concept.
2020 is a cornerstone year in my life path. I have taken back my artistic soul and dedicate myself to my heART every single day.
I am not sure the work will resonate with the everyone, yet I am sure that I cannot get in the way of this force of nature pulsing through me and guiding me to my new style I call "Jesselism."
I invite you to take a moment and share your thoughts about the new work. I welcome your truth and hope that in some small way these new images move you, shake you, wake you and make you feel....something.
I want to give all of you something bright and cheerful and full of promise.
This is a Series I love painting because the concept is simple and the results are joyful and magical in quality. All my floral images are available in products and make wonderful gifts all year round. Enjoy my arrangements JUST FOR YOU.
Art is a Vase of Flowers that Never Die
by Jessel Miller
Mixed emotions swirl and sway
Around us as we try to deal
With all the trauma in our day
And all the sadness that we feel
I look to nature for my calm
And gather blossoms one by one
And in my mind I hear a Psalm
About the air, the earth and sun.
It whispers to me blooms be near
And put them in a vase so tall
And every time you feel the fear
Paint their colors on your wall
Take a brush, a tube of paint
Splash the canvas to and fro
Trust me this can not wait
A freedom felt first time you'll know
Simple flowers in a vase
Painted on the wall you see
Every day within your space
An Eternal Loving Memory
Happy Father's Day
"Join up is a method of bonding with a horse through body language and positioning. According to some, this is part of learning to 'speak horse'. Body position and eye contact are used to send the horse away from the handler, and eventually to invite the horse to approach."
This term touched me the first time I watched it happen on a TV series I recommend called "Heartland."
The intimate and loving connection between this family and their horses is a living example and microcosm of the world itself.
Microcosm means a community, place, or situation regarded as encapsulating in miniature the characteristic qualities or features of something much larger.
We are all living in these tiny circles that have gotten smaller with this universal concern.
This time in history is a lesson in Horse Wisdom.
Practicing the concept of Join Up seems like something humans need to incorporate in our lives today. Give each other space to move forward or away without judgement.
Jessel Process Page
Let's Join Up!
Poem by Jessel Miller
Right before me, stand and stare
Daylight shining eyes that share
Larger than life, earth bound dancers
Freedom calling land life prancers
"Join up" gestures reach the soul
From great tall mare to tiny foal
A gentle connection of the heart
Humanity learns to hit Restart.
Jessel Miller Classes
I am now teaching an Acrylic Painting Class by Appointment.
(3 person maximum in the gallery)
Rooftop Evening Classes Available for (4 person Max) $75.00 per class
Please call 707-257-2350 and reserve a place. Experience the playful world of letting go to paint and paper
The past 6 months my spirit has been filled with promise and excitement each morning as I raced into the gallery to paint a new vision.
Right now, my tender, disquieted heart is overflowing with tears. This country was first inhabited with Indian Tribes devoted to saving the earth and honoring the seasons.
Our history is being tested as we reach out with banners and protest the injustice of lives lost. It has taken me to a place of grave concern and consternation.
Where do we go from here? How do we heal the wounds as far back as the original settlers on this land?
I am reaching out to YOU today and would love to hear your thoughts. I yearn for a peace-filled planet, yet right now, for the first time in months, my soul sits sadly mourning this moment in history.
The painting above came as a surprise. It started with a daytime landscape and ended with a buffalo moon,and stars in the shape of a buffalo, and a tent with an eagle lighting the way.
The process page reveals my journey to this painting's end.
Silhouette Process Paintings
The World is in turmoil, not only from an inner virus, also from the outer virus,
The universal cry is for Equality for all Humankind.
This painting came the week before the global outcry about racial inequality.
I was raised in a small town in Canada. My only knowledge of the African American culture came from the beautiful photos of my father, who spent World War 11 as a doctor in Africa tending to the sick. I loved the peace I saw on the villager's faces and the laughter in the children's eyes.
When I moved to the United States in 1965, I was shocked by the outright prejudice toward of the Black community.
My first gallery exhibition and series focused on the amazing spirits of the women of Africa.
My Soul is aching for the world to calm down and heal and yet, I understand the anger and sorrow felt by the injustice all around.
My Prayer today is to look to the future in our hearts and see the univere healed and happy and aligned with the grandeur and magnificent beauty we are blessed to experience.
We are the light and we really need to shine right now!
Mayor Jill Techel shares this reminder with us:
“We can only begin to heal as a community and as a nation by listening, by hearing, and by understanding. We must face adversity by facing it together and by finding strength and love in each other.”