Meet Kathleen Miller and ‘Harbor Moon’: Minimalistic Abstract in Oils

I’d love you to meet artist Kathleen Miller from Rockport, MA who creates vibrant, colourful artwork using oils, brushes and her palette knife. For just under two years now she has been running a gallery together with her partner in Rockport where they often exhibit work by other local artists.

Kathleen Miller 7I recently put out the call on my Facebook Page for artists who paint with oils, acrylics, watercolours – anything but silk, to submit their favourite painting to me and take part in an artist feature here on my blog.

It was lovely how many people responded and how diverse the paintings were. I had to choose one and as you can imagine, that’s always quite a difficult task. But one of them just sort of spoke to me, and that was Kathleen’s, so I got in touch straight away and set up our interview together.

The image you see here is Kathleen’s favourite painting. It is entitled ‘Harbor Moon’ and measures approx. 12″ x 24″. Kathleen has created the piece using brushes and oil paints adding black contours for special effect. She has a love for stained glass and it was here that she got her inspiration. The image took its inspiration from the view she has from her gallery in Rockford and is very minimalistic with strong, bold colours.

Kathleen Millar

Kathleen used the purples in this painting to depict a fantasy world, a divergence from reality. She added the black to bring in a sharper contrast and saw it as a break away from her normal palette. There was a long time when she didn’t use black at all and then began to mix her own using all the colours available to her.

This piece was painted on a deep edged wooden board, not canvas. The edges are all finished and it has a 3″ depth which gives it bulk.

Kathleen usually manages to create this size of painting in about 2 days, stepping away during the process to come back with fresh eyes and make the necessary adjustments.

Looking at Kathleen’s paintings you can see her love for nature as she includes motifs such as skies, greenery and expressive reflections in water. Her great love is the ocean and it is this which renews her more than anything else.

I also had the pleasure of chatting to Kathleen via Skype and I’m happy to be able to share this dialogue with you now. Just click on the YouTube screen below to start it off.

You can see more of Kathleen’s work by visiting her online galleries on Facebook at and as well as her Etsy shop . And she’s very open to commission work, so feel free to get in touch and have a chat with her.

We’d love to hear how you enjoyed this so do leave us your comments in the box below. Thanks very much for stopping by.




This entry was posted in ARTIST FEATURE and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.