Donated by: Ash Creek Homes
Ash Creek Homes started as a custom homebuilder in 1982 and has been building creative communities in the Austin area for over 30 years. Superior craftsmanship, green building standards, and communities overflowing with charm are all signature qualities of Ash Creek Homes. For the past three years in a row, they have been named Austin’s Top Green Builder by the Austin Business Journal. You can find Ash Creek’s Wildwood community just inside of Falconhead, minutes down the road from where this bench is located at The Hill Country Galleria.
Artist: GiGi Miller
GiGi Miller is a mixed media artist, mother, and nature lover living in Austin, Texas who seeks to bring happiness and beauty to the world through her imaginative creations. GiGi accomplishes this by creating aesthetically pleasing art that is inspired by the classics, and also by creating playful and whimsical art that feeds the imagination. Some of her greatest classical influences include Raphael, Botticelli, Bernini, Canova, Gerome, and Bouguereau. She also finds inspiration from surrealist artists like Bosch, Dali and Magritte. Her favorite architectural style is Modernisme, especially the works of Gaudi.
Throughout her life, GiGi has spent countless hours enjoying and observing nature, which is a constant source of inspiration for her themes. From a young age, her parents’ love of travel exposed her to many interesting cultures and to fine art museums around the world. Though she has been painting since she was a young girl, she is not bound to any particular media. GiGi loves the creative process in general, whether she is painting, sculpting, working with mosaics, producing a multimedia installation, or taking photographs. At this point in her life, as a mother of young children, GiGi has decided to focus primarily on mosaic sculpture installations because it invites hands-on participation from the entire family.
GiGi received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin in 2003. Since then, GiGi has continued to develop her art skills by studying with respected artists.
Beginning in 2010, GiGi spent over a year studying under famed realist painter Graydon Parrish in the classic atelier method. In 2011, GiGi completed a mosaic installation workshop with community art visionary Isaiah Zagar in the Bay Area.
GiGi has historically produced her art in her home studio, but she is currently planning to open a commercial studio and gallery just outside of Bee Cave, TX where she has lived for the past seven years.
Right in the heart of The Hill Country Galleria in front of Coldwater Creek