Mother and son present art together at Sternberger Artists Center
By: Terry Rader
Crystal Eadie Miller and her son Miles Eadie are bringing their art together for an exhibition from March 1-3 at the Sternberger Artists Center, located at 712 Summit Ave. in Greensboro.
Miller began painting in 2010 and became more of a full-time artist in 2012. She had her first showing at Honeycomb Restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina, and a week later, her art was featured at Domain Interiors. Miller has been a faux-decorative finisher by trade for over 17 years and has studied in Denver, St. Louis, Charlotte, Atlanta and Chicago. She has worked with interior designers in re-creating single spaces to entire houses. She said she moved to South Carolina in 2008 during downtime in her Triad business, Newlook Finishes, along with her need to be more creative. Miller has been back in Greensboro for three years, but her studio house has been turned into an Airbnb, now that she paints full-time in her studio at Sternberger Artists Center.
When Miller was first commissioned to do a faux painting canvas for someone, she said she brought the canvas home and didn’t know what she was going to do with it, but her need for money motivated her. Miller’s paints with acrylic and other mixed mediums. Gold, silver and copper metal leaves are added to every painting as her signature style and then sealed with shellac after layering in composition. She said she likes to paint over some of the metallic foil leaving some exposed to shine through and attributes her skills with metal leaf application to taking gilding (the process of applying metal leaf) and furniture making classes. Most of her abstract expression paintings are large-scale from 30-inch by 40-inches and 36-inch by 48-inches to 48-inch by 48-inches.
Miller said one of her strengths is in her professionally photographed pieces that are enlarged as prints and giclées (photos of her art stretched on 1 ½-inch canvas bars and sometimes artist-enhanced to add authenticity and color). She credits “her giclée guy,” Kent Porth of Columbia, South Carolina for “making her art look good.”
“I continue to push myself in painting,” Miller said. “It is an ever-growing process. Just when you think you’re there, you learn that you’re not. I keep going. People are very attracted to my son, Miles Eadie’s paintings. He takes his time and baby-sits his pieces til he gets them just right. He has a unique pour-on method and he attracts a young audience.”
Eadie began painting in 2014 and he attributes his start to his mom. Eadie is also a musician who plays guitar, keyboards, drums. Four years ago, he was writing progressive rock and metal music when he got tendonitis in both hands and couldn’t play music for a while. It was during this hiatus that he saw one of his mom’s blank canvases and decided to try painting just for fun. After a week of playing around, he covered an entire canvas with paint and said, “it was pretty cool to me, it rocked my world.”
Eadie’s medium is acrylic paint and he said he always uses the three primary colors, red, yellow and blue. After his first three months of painting, he began incorporating black and white into his pieces. The average size of his paintings are 36-inch by 48-inches with a few bigger pieces, but he said he mostly does a lot of 16-inch by 20-inches that he considers his specialty size. For now, Eadie is working part-time as a delivery driver, but his goals are to continue with his art and to eventually make a living selling his paintings.
“I am extremely passionate about this art,” Eadie said. “It is almost too much for me to look at the work some days. As I am progressing to get better at it, I do things I have never done and I never repeat myself, so each piece is different.”
Regarding his mom, he said he is very excited about doing a combined show of their work.
“We just love to paint and we love each other,” he said. “We share that common artistic trait in our brains and we are both determined and feisty in our work.”
Miller said that while there will be specially-priced paintings at the show, she knows that unless someone really loves a painting, they are not going to buy it and take it home.
“One of the most exciting things as an artist for me is in bringing a piece to completion, there is such a satisfaction in that and then again when someone wants to invest in my art,” she said.
TERRY RADER is a freelance writer, storyteller, poet, singer/songwriter, wellness herbalist and pet and house sitter.
Fri., March 1 from 6-8 p.m., Artist reception, Sat., March 2 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., opening reception and Sun., March 3 from noon – 4 p.m., all free and open to the public at Sternberger Artists Center, 712 Summit Ave., GSO, Art showings by appointment, call 704.780.8016. See/buy Miles Eadie’s art at White and Wood Restaurant, 215 S. Elm St, GSO, See/buy Crystal Eadie Miller’s art at Vivid Interiors at 513 S. Elm St., Greensboro.