Portraits had been my focus for 15 years in my early days as an artist and my first major exhibition, which opened at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 1982, focused on the faces of 25 well known Bay Area personalities. Maya Angelou, Herb Caen, Dianne Feinstein were just a few of the notable personalities I met and painted for the show.
Fast forward to 2020 and the pandemic which turned our world upside down. It was during this time that I began to create images that came from my core values and Soulful Voices, title of my upcoming book.
I could feel the needs of the world around me. I realized then that this new work had a greater purpose.
Over my 35 years in the Napa Valley I have supported many Non Profits in their branding effort with the usage of my artwork. It was time to Give Back and Pay it Forward.
My first new Non Profit alignment in 2021 is ALS CURE Project. The MLB is dedicating June 2, 2021 as Lou Gehrig Day and the image I created titled "Lou Gehrig" is being Auctioned on both ALS CURE Project's site and Jessel Miller Website . The Final bid will happen at a Gala at Jessel Gallery in the Summer of 2022.
Campos Family Wines has graciously created a beautiful wine label with the Lou Gehrig image in support of this cause as well. They have generously added this to their new collection of wines that support non-profit organizations that are near and dear to their hearts.
“This is the biggest thing that we have been a part of,” said Michelle Campos, owner and proprietor at Campos Family Vineyards. “It is an incredible honor to produce this official label and be able to contribute to finding a cure for ALS in such a significant way.”
"I believe the best use of my art is to touch the hearts of the souls who support these causes and build a global alliance uniting our diversities. Giving back and paying it forward go hand in hand. I feel it is my time to do both " says Jessel Miller.
Story by Sasha Paulsen in the Napa Register
Product with this image available at
Jessel Miller ~Lou Gehrig Product
A Thank You to PAMELA BEIGH