Kathleen Miller feels she is giving a colorful new life to old treasures when she paints on wood toilet seat covers, antique doors and windows, mail boxes and out-of-date license plates.
"There are some artists who snub me because I'm painting these things. I'm just different from a traditional artist, but I am an artist."
Many of her chosen "canvasses" are found in old mining towns, deserted lumber yards or along the Northwest coastline. They include antique doors and windows, old bottles, driftwood, rusty tin cans, logging saw blades and other tools.
"It takes a special type of person to see the beauty in my work, and it means a great deal to me when they can."
"When I first started painting as a youngster, I started decorating things around home, on just about anything I could get my hands on. I couldn't afford canvas or frames."
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Specialty: Painting on Reclaimed Objects
Although her father, who also dabbled in oil and water color painted on traditional canvas, Kathleen finds happiness painting on a variety of surfaces.
As the daughter of an Oregon lumberjack, Kathleen has a soft spot for logging objects and mill saws, but has expanded to include a number of found, recycled and reclaimed objects.
KM042011 CA Poppies on Driftwood
Approx. 4" W x 11.5" H
KM032011 Cattails on Driftwood
KM052011 Sunflower on Driftwood
Approx. 3.5" W x 8.5" H
KM022011 Sunflowers on Reclaimed Window
Approx. 17.5" W x 34" H
KM082012 CA Beach on Salvaged Cupboard Door
Approx. 23" W x 18" H
KM012011 Blue Jay on Reclaimed Glass & Wood
Approx. 20" W x 20" H
KM062011 CA Ocean on Reclaimed Frame
Approx. 7" W x 6" H
"Dedicated to living the good life... Green"
KM032014 CA Beach on Salvaged Wood
KM012014 CA License Plate with Poppies
Approx. 12" W x 6" H