I work chiefly in photography and pastel. The love of God for humanity expressed through the human heart of Jesus inspires my work. It informs my reverence for nature and my commitment to human rights. My photography is inspired primarily by my reverence for nature. My pictures come from many places, such as my native Virginia and other states I have visited, notably the southwest landscapes of Arizona and New Mexico. I love the challenge of photographing animals: birds - especially baby birds and their nests - butterflies, cats, deer, and so on. I am fascinated by the power of the camera to freeze moments which pass so quickly they are easily missed. These include not only living things such as flowers and trees blowing in the wind, but also rocks, cliffs, clouds, and landscapes as they are changed by wind, storms, and shadows in shifting sunlight from sunrises to sunsets and twilight. Although nature photography is my first love, I also enjoy taking portraits, and happily take commissions for special photographic or graphic projects. When choosing which of my thousands of images to offer as limited edition giclee prints, I look for a spiritual quality, dramatic composition and sumptuous color.
Biography: Virginia Artist Miriam A. Kilmer - by Lisa Kadel July 24, 2002 Miriam Kilmer has been surrounded by the arts since early childhood. Her parents founded Green Hedges Elementary School (still flourishing in Vienna, VA) in order to give their ten children a superior education with emphasis on the arts. Her ancestors include poets Joyce and Aline Kilmer and American Impressionist Frederick C. Frieseke. (Miriam’s experience in the challenges of preserving Frieseke’s works on paper has encouraged her to use archival materials in her own artwork.) Enriched by this background, Miriam and all of her siblings have continued to develop their artistic talents throughout their lives. Miriam earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Printmaking at UNC-G, and her Masters in Theology from De Sales School of Theology. She has led art workshops with children and adults, worked as a portrait studio photographer, and operated her own fine arts business since 1979. Over the years Miriam has developed a variety of distinctive styles, influenced by the medium, subject matter, and purpose of the artwork, as well as her widening outlook and diverse environments. She now specializes in pastel, photography, computer graphics, and web design. Her unifying theme is love for the Source of creation and all that flows from that Source, as evidenced by her focus on nature, portraits, and spiritual subjects. Miriam has exhibited her works in numerous juried and solo shows. Her photographs have been published in magazines, newsletters, and books, most notably the Shapenotes issue of Smithsonian in The Classroom (available free at The Art Group). Her artwork is included in private collections in Canada and France as well as the United States. The Shenandoah Valley is a familiar place to Miriam. From early childhood, the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah Valley were among her favorite places to visit. Since the early eighties, she has made numerous visits to the area, including her yearly week on Bryce Mountain, taking thousands of photographs of local wildlife and farm animals, many of which will be displayed at The Art Group. She takes part in Shapenote singings in the area, featured in “Sights and Sounds of the Shenandoah Valley” at www.northernshenandoah.com. You can find more of Miriam’s work, along with information on her illustrious ancestors, at www.risingdove.com.
Country: United States
Site: Rising Dove Art Gallery
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