Harold Miller’s oil landscapes appear serene, yet carry a potent hidden meaning. Carefully measured and beautifully executed, Miller’s work is a mix of old-world technique and something close to present-day journalism. The paintings show the many countrysides of America, softly lit and awash in gentle colors that seem to glow right out from Miller’s palette. Some canvases simply depict rolling fields or icy ponds, tranquil in the winter air.
Many of his works feature a man-made building: a barn, a church, a fenced-in farm. They are old buildings, made of wood and stone, looking more organic than built. It is here that the artist’s deeper point comes into play; Miller's work is meant to celebrate the beauty of these places, but also document what Miller calls these "noble and handsome structures" and "the rapidly disappearing landscapes in which they dwell.” As land is developed across the United States, Miller is there to capture vistas before they are erased to history.
Miller was born in New Jersey and today lives in Pennsylvania. Before devoting himself to painting full-time, he was a respected teacher.