- Name: Britt Miller
- Year: Master of Science
- Major: Marketing
- Hometown: Philadelphia
- Favorite Pet: Cat named after Boo Radley from To Kill a Mockingbird
Artist in Residence
Britt Miller’s vibrant artwork is in demand and selling fast—and she’s only just begun.
Britt’s acrylic paintings range in size from a few feet to life-sized and are loaded with reds, blues and greens. They are bright, lively and energizing.
Britt has always been artistic, but she didn’t decide to pick up a brush until her college years. One day she bought some canvas and painted some simple abstract pieces. After posting a few of those initial paintings online, she began to receive interest in her work.
During her sophomore year of college, Britt decided to create her own website, www.brittmillerart.com, where she could sell her work. From there, her business took off. Meanwhile, she moved from the State College area to Philadelphia, where she found an overflowing amount of inspiration.
“There’s so much culture and talent in the city,” Britt said. “I walk around for inspiration and get excited to paint things that are fun, full of flowers, color and happiness.”
Philadelphia’s inspiration is evident in Britt’s work. The majority of her paintings portray the city’s skyline or other notable landmarks such as Love Park and Boathouse Row. To date, she has sold more than 30 pieces of artwork to customers from various states. Her prices range from $100 to $1,000.
“For original art, it’s relatively affordable,” she said. “I want to make sure it’s accessible to people.”
Britt’s work has become increasingly popular. She even receives requests for custom artwork.
“People will say they want a Philly skyline, or they’ll say, ‘My house has orange and red colors. Do you think you can do something that will complement that?’”
Britt works at home in her apartment in Bella Vista. She doesn’t have an art studio or a designated area to paint; instead, she relaxes in her living room and gets to work. Most of her paintings take several hours to complete.
Britt’s work has been showcased throughout the city, including Big Green Earth Store at Liberty Place and Infusion Coffee in Mount Airy. Her pieces can also be seen at First Friday galleries and other shows throughout the year. She’s using her marketing skills to broaden her exposure to increase her sales. And while she’s working to sell as many pieces as she can, there’s one piece of her own she considers priceless.
“There’s one piece, an abstract array of flowers, I did it sophomore year of college,” Britt said. “It’s hanging in my room. It’s just my favorite piece, and I’ll never sell it.”
– Matt Finn