Fine Art and Illustration by John Miller

The Watcher
The Watcher, 2022, Screen Print, 15" W x 15" T

My screen print The Watcher was in the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum’s 2023 Birds in Art exhibition. The annual exhibition celebrates avian wonders through fresh interpretations in original paintings, sculptures, and graphics created in the last three years by artists from around the world.

My print is included in the national tour which follows the closing of the show.

Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum,
700 North 12th Street
Wausau, WI 54403

National Tour following Birds in Art:

Forest Preserve District of Will County
Plum Creek Nature Center
Joliet, Illinois
(January 2 – February 25, 2024)

Newington-Cropsey Foundation
Hastings-on-Hudson, New York
(March 22 – May 19, 2024)

Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art
Shawnee, Oklahoma
(June 14 – August 11, 2024)

Wichita Falls Museum of Art
Wichita Falls, Texas
(September 7 – December 7, 2024)

I've long been interested in waves and water. As a paddler I read the water. As an artist I want to better understand the significant informing shapes and forms in order to suggest surface, feeling, analogy, or metaphor. Here I play with the Beaufort Scale using fountain pen drawings as I explore information and esthetics.

In my drawings I used the fountain pens I inherited from my parents and some I’ve purchased inspired by their love of this writing tool. My parents loved to write and loved the feel and look of fountain pen ink and line. My use of these pens would not have been anticipated by them but it’s a way I can stay in touch with them while exploring the feel and touch and line left behind. I draw, and this is my way of thinking with pen in hand rather than writing as they would do. These drawings are a way of expressing respect for my parents using the tools and a process they cherished when expressing their thoughts and feelings in words.


Abel Contemporary Gallery, 524 E Main St, Stoughton, WI 53589

River Arts on Water, 105 9th St. Prairie du Sac, WI 53578