Born and raised in Santa Cruz, California, Kathryn Miller’s lifelong ambition was to be an artist.


Prior to starting her career in art, she spent 14 years traveling the world as a flight attendant, experiencing first hand the artistic creations of many cultures, from the beauty of the temples of Asia to the historic collections found in the museums of Europe.

Inspired by the works of painter David Leffel, she began attending his workshops in 1995. As a result, she realized that the chiaro-scurro painting style of shadow and light, as practiced by the Dutch masters, was the path she wished to follow. Intrigued with this drama of light, Kathryn works with objects she has collected from around the world in her spacious Northern California studio. She designs her own uniquely matched frames using a 15th century Italian technique called sgraffito.

Kathryn became a member of Oil Painters of America in 1999. In 2001, the OPA awarded her Signature Member status. She has exhibited in many national OPA shows, receiving an Award of Excellence at the Palm Springs OPA show in April, 2001, the Friends of OPA Award of Excellence at the Chicago OPA show in May, 2002, and the Neil Patterson Award of Excellence at the 2006 national OPA show in Missoula, Montana. She also received an Honorable Mention in the Greenhouse Gallery International Salon Show in May, 2003. Kathryn’s paintings were featured in Southwest Art Magazine’s “Artists to Watch” in April, 2001.

Kathryn Miller is represented by the following galleries:

New Masters Gallery

P.O. Box 7009
Dolores between Ocean and 7th
Carmel, California 93921

Jones and Terwillger Galleries

73-375 El Paseo, Suite A
Palm Desert, CA 92260