Adam Scott Miller
An acute and lifelong visionary artist (based in Kuranda, from USA), ASM has intensively pursued ways of discovering and translating mystical insight into visual art. Although mostly self-taught, he has an education from two of the USA’s top art schools: a BFA in Illustration from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from the Massachusetts College of Art and the Fine Arts Work Center. In addition to specialising in painting and illustration, he has developed a repertoire of digital skills.
During his creative evolution, he has explored various schools of thought and consciousness-development, combining these with profound personal experiences into his own unique vision as an artist. Throughout his artistic development, ASM has learned a vast array of principles for how we see optically, perceptually and spiritually. Uniquely, he has developed a very particular technique of creating ‘drawing/paintings’ in the “ASMethod” – an approach that combines many of his techniques into a process that is both efficiently precise and limitlessly inspirational.
“Making images is my tool for discovery, and a by-product of the experience of my consciousness. This creative work is how I process and integrate my perceptions of the world – into new ways of seeing, and new insights for living,” he says. And he adds:
“I attempt to point to the ‘numinous’, which is characterized by the quintessential qualities of the sacred: mystery, awe, fascination, satisfaction, and inspiration. In my view, art serves as a reflection of our context, and achieves its maximum potential when it acts deliberately to improve and benefit the whole. This is the intent I create with, and I hope that my work, in some way, benefits you.”
His artwork has been praised for its refined craftsmanship and elegant envisioning of his perceptions – drawn from discovering the majestic beauty of the environments around and within us. This versatile artist is acclaimed for his oil paintings, digital paintings, video animations, public speaking, teaching, and performances as a live-painter.
Mackay Region Owl Arts Project
The Mackay Owl Arts Project aims to use education and arts to bring awareness to the Rufous Owl and the Powerful Owl. The Mackay region is the only place in the world where these two threatened species overlap. Sunshine Coast based natural fibre artist, Kris Martin and Mackay based new media artist Donna Maree Robinson will work with students at Calen District State College to create a large owl head installation that will feature at Happy Daze and Mackay Festival of the Arts. The installation will utilise weed species and feature video- mapped projections of student artwork in the owl eyes. The Mackay Conservation Group will presenting to students on local owls, habitats and ecology.
The Regional Arts Development Fund is a Queensland Government and Mackay Regional Council partnership to support local arts and culture.