Justine Miller


Justine Miller is originally from London where she started her training at Camberwell College of Art studying textiles. She then progressed to Edinburgh College of Art to study Fine Art specialising in Printmaking. Hers was the first year group to study computer imagery and technology alongside traditional printing techniques and she believes that this has opened up many new and interesting opportunities for printmakers.

Justine lives and works in Allanton in Berwickshire, where she continuously explores the woodland environment and other themes specific to the Scottish Borders. She captures intimate hidden glimpses, and shadows, by layering images, colours and textures to evoke memories and associations of place and time and to create a landscape of impression and emotion.

She is drawn by the ever changing light and shade which dominates the vast open landscapes that surround her in the Borders. The emptiness and scale both inland and on the coast, and conversely, the more intimate areas of woodlands and rivers, are a constant source of material.

Line, scale, colour and repetition are at the core of my method, tempered by a decorative quality to the finished work. I aim to instil a piece with a feel and atmosphere, where the juxtaposition of colour can evoke opposites, whether harmonious or jarring. To achieve my aims the creation of colour charts play an important role in my working practice as well as bringing a regimentation and order to the studio.

I uses different techniques to create a finished work. I experiment photographically and digitally along with hand drawn and coloured images, initially paring them back to simple shapes, shadows and highlights, before building them up again. The process is ever evolving.

Justine Miller