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 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.