Vel Miller's house/studio is a treasure chest of art where paintings cover the walls and sculptures sit atop antique tables draped with cowhide. Your eye can't travel an inch but it encounters some richly patinaed artifact of the Old West. In painting and sculpting Vel concentrates on the more emotional view of the West. Vel says, "The most rugged and strongest people I've known have also been the kindest and most loving. This is the feeling I try to portray. I want the person who views my work to see something they have experienced themselves, or to feel a mood that brings them happiness".
Vel attended the Art League of Los Angeles studying under Hal Reed and Max Turner. She later taught there. An important mentor was Joe De Yong, a protege' of Charlie Russell, encouraged and inspired her with his stories and love of the Old West. Participating in numerous exhibitions, Vel has earned over 40 "Firsts", "Best of Show", and "Purchase Awards". In 2016, she won the "sculpture) Award at the SLOPOKE western and contemporary art event in Pismo Beach, CA, She has completed several corporate commissions. Her work is displayed in museums and public and private collections internationally. She and her artwork have been featured in "Contemporary Western Artists", several editions of "Southwest Art", and "Art of the West" magazines. Vel was commissioned to do the drawings on Western Horsemen's Cowboy Calendars has illustrated and created covers for several books. Vel was in a show in Sorrento, Italy in September 2000 with The American Women Artist, a group of which she is a founding member. The mayor of Sorrento purchased one of her paintings.
Vel was commissioned to do a heroic size monument for the city of Paso Robles, Ca. The eight footy high sculpture of a fireman handing a child to a policewoman titled "Reward for Valor" was dedicated along with the block square complex it stands in front of in January 2005. Vel has also completed a private commission of a sculpture of Ronald Reagan on horseback in the 1965 Pioneer Parade in Paso Robles, Ca. He was then running for Governor of California. Vel has a limited edition to be sold of the same sculpture but with the horse standing on a base with the relief of California under his feet and some of President Reagan's quotes around the base. It is titled OUR AMERICAN LEGACY. It is featured at the Young American's Ronald Reagan Ranch Museum in Santa Barbara, Ca. Also featured there is Vel's bronze sculpture of Old Duke, Ronald Reagan's first Longhorn steer. Her latest commission was two 3' by 3 1/2' sculptures of the bust of "Flame" the beautiful dressage mare owned by Gina Miller of Templeton Farms, a world class dressage center in Templeton, Ca. The two heads mounted on 8 pillars great visitors as the drive through the gates to the farm.
Vel and her husband Warren own a Central Coast ranch where Vel uses for models and inspiration their Texas Longhorn cattle, beef cattle, and American Quarter Horses they raise, sell, and train.
Our American Legacy, Hand Painted Bronze, 20" High x 20" Long x 10" Wide