About the artist:
Schaefer/Miles, a truly unique husband and wife painting team, began their successful collaboration in 1987 while on a painting expedition along the West Coast of Florida. At the age of nine, Wendy was introduced to oil paints and a lifelong passion was ignited. In that year Wendy was recognized as a child prodigy by the local media. There was never a doubt she would be an artist. After graduating from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Wendy headed south to Florida searching for adventure. As a lifelong resident of Wisconsin and the daughter of a dairy farmer, Wendy found the tropical climate of Florida did not suit her sensibilities. She longed for the rolling hills of her family farm and the pastoral life. Kevin Miles' talent was recognized early when his first painting on canvas was selected to be included in a national touring show. As the son of a military officer, Kevin grew up in Alaska, Turkey and the east coast of the United States. Exposure to the finest museums such as the National Gallery, the Metropolitan Museum and the Phillips Collection inspired the young artist. Kevin fell under the spell of the greats as he studied Vermeer, Rembrandt, Monet, Corot and Renoir. Kevin D. Miles attended the Maryland Institute College of Art receiving a degree in Graphic Design in 1978. A brief stint at a major advertising firm convinced the artist that he wanted the freedom of painting for paintings' sake. Moving to Florida in 1986, Kevin hired Wendy to run a frame shop at a wholesale art supply business he was managing. Wendy and Kevin spent hours discussing art. The artists found, despite their differing backgrounds, they had amazingly similar tastes in painting. Their love of nature and landscape painting took them on many painting dates. The flora and fauna and the scenic vistas with amazing cloud formations inspired them. Within the year the love-struck couple was wed. Their first collaboration was a mural for the Town and Country Hospital in Tampa, Florida. From the beginning the artists' differing styles meshed seamlessly. During the first showing of the artists' collaborative works a fellow painter refused to believe that two separate individuals had created the paintings. For an inside look at how it's done, click here. In 1988 Wendy's father was retiring from the dairy business and offered the artists the opportunity to use the farm buildings for studio space. Wendy and Kevin moved to Wisconsin where they purchased the farm and currently maintain several buildings as part of their studio. Wendy Schaefer-Miles and Kevin D. Miles have traveled extensively over the last ten years searching out beauty and sharing their passion for nature, color and light. Their work has evolved to a richly woven tapestry of texture and color that allows the viewer to become one with the work.
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Schaefer/Miles, a truly unique husband and wife painting team, began their successful collaboration in 1987 while on a painting expedition along the West Coast of Florida. At the age of nine, Wendy was introduced to oil paints and a lifelong passion