San Jose artist Tony May introduced me to his former student Scott Miller. “I think you’ll find his work interesting. It’s, ah, sort of obsessive.” I think that’s what Tony told me. Something about his description intrigued me and one day I found myself at Miller’s house where delightful paintings and artwork abound. Miller’s wife, Janet Burdick, and his two children, Max Rain and Zoe Rain, also draw and make art in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Wit is clearly a family value along with a serious appreciation of craft. Miller received his MFA in painting from Claremont Graduate School in 1982. Along the way, as if it needed to be mentioned, Miller has spent a fair amount of time as a technical illustrator. Each year the family produces a calendar with drawings like these, which they send out to a lucky group of friends. —rw
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