A.S.O.P.A., N.S.S., P.S.A.
A consummate professional artist and sculptor, Richard Miller was born in Windsor, Ontario, and is a descendant of Scotland’s Earl of Lennox. His professional career began directly on the conclusion of his formal education.
In 1957 he left Canada for the greater exposure and competition of the United States. With a studio in Detroit and a flat in New York, he soon made a reputation across the country as an ultimate colorist and romantic realist without peer. He is a designer who preconceives what he creates, a deliberate artist who has the capacity to describe exquisite detail with great economy of stroke.
As a portrait painter/sculptor, his dedication is absolute. “There is nothing in art better than a good portrait . . . and nothing worse than a bad one”. A prolific artist, his commissions number in the hundreds and extend to much of the world. They include Royalty, the Queen, Prince Philip and the Queen Mother; two Speakers of the House of parliament; three State Portraits of Governors George S. Mickelson, Gov. John Patterson and Gov. Walter Dale Miller; the Fords, Henry I, Henry II, Edsel, Benson and Eleanor Clay. There are Presidents and C.E.O.s of many major corporations; sports figures and Halls of Fame; family and individual portraits and many, many children.
As a member of the prestigious A.S.O.P.A., (The American Society of Portrait Artists), Richard was voted the exclusive “People’s Choice Award for 1995″. To be selected by one’s peers is perhaps the greater honor. He is also the current President of I.G.F.A., the International Guild of Fine Artists, a charter member of P.S.A., (The Portrait Society of America) and N.S.S., (The National Sculpture Society).
Other significant interests of his are landscapes and the American Civil War, painting the people, their stories and the land as it was then and now. He recently completed a commission to produce five large canvases describing the four seasons for National Bank of Detroit for their corporate headquarters.
On June 12th, 1996, a monumental, full length, bronze portrait of Henry Ford II was unveiled and dedicated at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan. At the beginning of the commission, a feature-length documentary of the making of the bronze, was also put into production. The film describes Richard with his commentary, while working to bring life to the clay as it progresses to refinement, through the mold process, the casting and the finishing of the waxes, the pouring of the molten bronze, chasing and patining, (refining and coloring), of the completed statue, and finally, to the unveiling.
On October 1st, 1997, a monumental, full length sculpture of Walter P. Reuther and Henry Ford II shaking hands across a bargaining table was unveiled at the dedication ceremonies of the new UAW-Ford building, at the foot of Woodward Avenue on the river front, in the heart of downtown Detroit.
The third and most recent monumental bronze, a full length, life size, seated portrait of Anthony P. Toldo. Mr. Toldo is an important Canadian philanthropist and public benefactor. The installation is at company headquarters in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. There are two more very large and very important monumental bronzes in the planning stage.
“I feel I’m one of the most fortunate people in the world. At my age, many are at the end of their careers. I’m just getting started with my best years still ahead of me. I can contribute profoundly to people’s lives through my portraits, giving them some sense of immortality. To be able to do what you love to do for the rest of your life, and feel your work is important enough to add something positive to this world, is a great gift . . . and I’m very grateful.”