Jesse Miller Interview

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Jesse Miller is a San Diego based surfer and painter. Almost all his work is inspired by what goes on like 500 feet in both directions from the shoreline. Any shoreline. He has spent his life surfing, and that plays a big role in what he sees and wants to show others. Not just the act of riding a wave, but the whole culture surrounding it. There are millions of great surf shots published every month, so he looks for what goes on before and after surfing for inspiration. He wants to show what people who surf see and take for granted every day. It's a beautiful thing. 1. What is your name and when did you start painting? My name is Jesse Miller, and I started painting in the early 90s 2. Why did you start painting? I was accepted to college as an art major, and was determined to learn how to paint. For some reason I felt like I could do it if I worked hard enough at it. Since then I have enjoyed the idea of showing people some really cool images, and seeing them respond to the paintings. 3. What are some of your favorite moments in your career? More than any other time in my career, I love when I've done a really great painting. One that I look at, and wonder how I did it. If I finish something I really like, that is better than any award or sale or other kind of recognition I've had. It keeps me excited and inspired for a long time. 4. What do you think is the future of your industry? I think there will always be people who buy art. And there will be more people who create it. It's a challenging job, and though the rewards might not be financial, there are many reasons to create and buy original art. 5. If you could, what is one thing would you do differently? If I could think of something to do different, I would do it. Maybe I would try get more people to see my work. 6. What is some advice for young artists trying to have a career like yourself? Paint because you enjoy it, and paint what you love. Be inspired by other's work but find your own style. And be prepared to make some sacrifices to continue your work. 7. What is the next big project you have planned? I have been working on some paintings for a children's book for a while. It's about a day at the beach with my three boys. I figure I have a few more paintings to go for it. But sometimes, when I have a blank canvas in front of me, the next painting I do feels like a big project.


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