Blue Silk and Rust BackgroundDenise Oyama Miller was born in Baltimore, Maryland, then lived in Bethesda and Rockville. She moved to Altadena, California in 1960 and Saratoga, California in 1963. She now lives in Fremont, California with her husband. They have two married sons and three grandchildren. Denise spent 30 years working for Kaiser Permanente in the Information Technology area before retiring to work on her art full-time in 2000. She completed her formal education at the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in mathematics.

Her work has won many awards and has been included in many public and private collections. Her work can be seen at Valley Art Gallery in Walnut Creek, California. She is a member of the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), an international group that supports the art quilt through exhibitions, publications, and education. She is also a member of the Olive Hyde Art Guild and Pleasanton Art League.

Mixed media collage demonstration
By Diane Leys
Tri-Ciy Voice, February 17, 2012

Going with the Flow, Denise Oyama Miller
By Mavis Brown
Tri-City Voice, May 29, 2007

Artist’s Statement

Denise Oyama Miller, working on a project“I have always found joy in making things with my hands and I am constantly inspired by just the existence of materials to work with and what I see around me. I am interested in the patterns of shapes, colors, textures, and the interplay of lights and darks. I love the challenge of taking an idea from one of my inspirations and interpreting it in fabric and/or watermedia. As I travel, I always keep journals for recording what I see and ideas for future artwork in fabric and paint. The challenge of taking an idea from inspiration to artwork is thrilling.”