We had the good fortune of connecting with George Paul Miller and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi George Paul, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
My Grandfather was a painter and for a time he worked for Disney. He was my first and initial inspiration to start creating artwork. What I didn’t realize as a little kid was that he painted buildings, not canvas, but by the time I was old enough to understand the difference I was already hooked. The true meaning of being an artist means that you are engaged in a lifelong pursuit to master your craft, whatever your craft may be. My grandfather was a painter and he was exceptional at what he did. My crafts are in the visual arts. I think because of him I have always had a great desire to achieve a certain level of ability in my craft to be able to create the artworks that I desire to create in a way that others will see them as well as I see them in my mind’s eye.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
What keeps me busy is that pursuit of mastery. You know you’ll never reach perfection because perfection doesn’t exist, but you can never stop trying to reach that next level of ability. That’s what being an artist is. I am a self taught artist and the levels of skill that I have reached so far have been through insistent pursuit and perseverance. I won’t bother getting into the details of what I had to go through just to survive an excessively difficult life to achieve what I have achieved so far, but I will disclose enough so that you might understand. I had to start working full time at the age of twelve. I was out of an abusive house by the time I was sixteen, and I have had to work for a living all my life. I did not have the opportunity to go to school to chase the dream of a career in the arts. However I have always loved art and loved creating and the one thing I have learned from the life I have had is that you can never let the circumstances of your existence dictate who you are, what you can become, or what you can achieve in your life. If there is anything in life that you love, anything positive that you wish to do, do it. You are not the total sum of your circumstances. You are who and what you chose to become if you chose to pursue your own dream. And that is what keeps me busy as an artist.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I live in Pasadena, California. It’s so close enough to everything that you could take a week just trying to figure out what you wanted to do. Imagining that the pandemic would be over of course I think we’d start nearby. Enjoy the amazing collection of artworks at the Norton Simon Museum. For me there are hours of studying the master works there. Take an afternoon to walk around the Huntington library, museum and botanical gardens. Stroll through the grounds at Caltech. Tour the works of some of the worlds greatest architects. There are literally hundreds of great restaurants in town. And at least once we’d have to wander over to Jameson Brown’s for a cappuccino and a latte. Here you are close enough to drive to Disneyland, Hollywood, The Getty, the coast, the mountains, etc… there really is no end to the things you can spend a day doing here.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
That’s a good question. Though I am self taught there are people in my own life that deserve my thanks for inspiring me personally so they are who I think deserve recognition. First my Grandfather, he was a house painter, but as a child I only knew he was a painter and that notion inspired me to try to be what I thought he was. I give credit to my Father as well. He was a drafting student when I was very young and he taught me to do technical drawing while he was learning to do it himself. My Mom deserves a big shout out also. I was what they used to refer to as a Hyperactive child and in her efforts to keep me quiet and still she often gave me a pencil and paper and asked me to draw this or that for her. It gave me something to focus on and kept me from bouncing off the walls as a kid and that actually helped me learn the value of patience and practice.

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