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|Receiving his art training in Australia, he became a plein aire painter in California. His subject is the native and fast-disappearing California natural world. Many of his landscapes are done in the Lake Hodges area where he established his studio.|
|Biography from Chemers Gallery:|
Subtle color is a Millard trademark.
"I love working with color harmonies, if you place all the elements
correctly you can capture a mood. Each piece has to live on its own. I
let my work speak for me."
Millard studied art at the Caulfield Institute and won numerous art
competitions. After one year of college, however, Millard became
despondent about modern art and went to work under Takis Bitsas as a
Byzantine iconographer painting religious icons in churches.
In 1985, he formed his own company, Fresco, going on to establish
himself as a trompe l’oeil and fresco artists in Australia, and in 1989
he continued that activity in the United States.
Since 1996, Millard has used a technique called plein-aire painting,
working outdoors in the San Diego, Southern California area to capture
an array of Southern California’s most scenic beauty. He was
recently accepted as a California Art Club artist member.
Millard’s plein-aire paintings are intended to capture the beautiful
color harmonies found in nature while evoking nostalgia for the
natural, undeveloped California many of us remember and long to
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