“Kenshin” (Dr. Lori) Miller is a Los Angeles-based oil painter. 

Post retirement from a career as a college English teacher and an academic administrator at the University of California, Irvine, Dr. Miller has now turned full time to one of her life’s greatest passions – oil painting. Miller’s recent work explores the complicated, dramatically altering relationships between technology and the natural world – nature as it shows up in our cities, forests, and oceans. In a way, she says, her contemporary cityscapes and landscapes investigate how the ancient wisdom of the East meets the fast-paced, industrialized West. How does the transcendent, the spiritual, manifest in oil paintings?

For Miller, an avid meditator, painting is a special form of meditation. It creates an in-the-moment spaciousness that helps her to express what is emerging in this moment, at times something that may not otherwise be knowable. Her decided preference for the unusual, the quirky, and the darkly humorous ways magic suddenly floats out from the shadows shows in her work. 


An emerging artist, Dr. Miller is enrolled in courses taught by Los Angeles-based artist, author and teacher Kimberly Brooks. Miller received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California (UC) Riverside, an MA from California State University, Northridge, and attended graduate school at the University of Southern California, completing all but the dissertation. She is a PhD in English Literature and Rhetoric granted by International College, Los Angeles in 1983.


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