Glen Miller has a BFA in drawing and painting from East Tennessee State University and an MA in Art and Education from the University of South Florida with further graduate study from the University of Tennessee. A native of Northeast Tennessee, Glen began his teaching career in South Carolina in 1979. Since his first solo exhibition at Hampton III Gallery in 2003 the artist has had 19 solo exhibitions and has been represented in many group and juried exhibitions in the region and is represented in several personal collections. Recent projects have included a traveling collaborative music performance and narrative portrait exhibition and two onsite large scale drawing installations, the first at Greenville Fine Arts Center (2009) and more recently at Furman University (2015). Glen currently teaches drawing at Furman University in Greenville, SC, and is represented locally by Hampton III Gallery.
I like to think of painting as a silent language that can simultaneously reveal instinctual, cultural, intellectual and imagined realities within the same context. Painting is for me a way of revealing the complexity of experience and finding a harmony among often disparate elements, the process as much metaphor as the image. It is a place where I can balance my love for formal elements with my proclivity for expressive marking and my fascination with the human form in a suggested narrative.
Most of my imagery focuses on nature, specifically the textural elements of my native Southern Appalachians, and the solitary figure. Although I often choose real objects from my surroundings, the figures are almost always fictional and the space intentionally ambiguous. I prefer the work appear more remembered or imagined than documented, more gradually resolved than executed.