Ruth Miller renders beautifully detailed hand-embroidered portraits based on photos.
Miller creates large narrative portraits and domestic scenes in vibrant hues. Her wool tapestries and thread drawings layer stitches in yarns of both realistic and fanciful colors, creating expressive depictions that use the material’s texture to enhance light and shadow.
Miller was born to Kempster Blanchard Miller and Antha (Knowlton) Miller in Chicago, Illinois. Her uncle was Azariel Blanchard Miller, founder of the city of Fontana, California.
Miller began her studies with a correspondence course from the Kansas City Art Institute. She continued her studies at the Stickney Memorial Art School in Pasadena, California, with more classes at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. Miller studied sculpture, painting, and lithography at the Art Students League of New York.
In the 1930s Miller taught art in Pasadena at the School of Fine Arts.
In 1932 she won a silver medal in the art competitions of the Olympic Games for her painting “Struggle”.
Miller died on May 21, 1978 in Santa Barbara, California, at the age of 74.
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