Jennifer Miller lives just outside of her home town of Olean, NY, where she has spent most of her life surrounded by all she loves most: a natural setting of eastern deciduous forest and wildlife, where visiting birds are a special delight. In addition to the company of wild birds, Jennifer keeps a flock of pet chickens and is regularly entertained by their individual personalities. Indoors, her home is made more lively by the companionship of three parrots and a sassy domestic pigeon. The wild and domestic birds are endless inspiration for her work, even finding their way into her fantasy art, where the imaginative creatures are given the same attention to detail, anatomy, and behavior as their real counterparts. Birds have been a life-long passion for Jennifer, and her love and devotion to them shines through in her artwork. Jennifer shares her life and adventures with her husband, Brian.
A love of exploring the natural world and enjoyment in learning about both flora and fauna often drives Jennifer and her work. Every walk outdoors is a nature walk and Jennifer participates as a hobbyist naturalist and citizen scientist. Her passion for conservation is echoed through her personal life; applying permaculture and strong habitat ideals to her property both in gardening, in restoring native flora to create better habitat, and powering her home with solar energy. As part of Jennifer's interest in conservation of our natural world and a reasonable level of sustainability, she is also interested in ethical hunting and educating others.
Jennifer's personal website with expansive galleries of both her wildlife as well as fantasy artwork is named "Featherdust Studio", after the birds she's shared her home with all her life. www.featherdust.com
Jennifer's connection to conservation issues began at a very young age, as a relative involved her even as a young child with NY State's Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). One of her earliest memories was the profound joy of being allowed to release a wild wood duck at a banding station. After her Federal Duck Stamp win in 2014, Jennifer developed a program that she has given at over a dozen events called "The Art of Conservation". This talk aims to educate and inspire the public about the connection between animal art, conservation efforts, and the need to engage a passion in the public. Though they are not the focus of her work, Jennifer also creates realistic bird masks which are a very engaging and interactive way to educate the public (especially children) about wildlife.
Jennifer has also worked with, volunteered with, or donated (artwork and/or financially) directly to the following:
- US Fish & Wildlife Service
- Ducks Unlimited
- Delta Waterfowl
- The Peregrine Fund
- World Parrot Trust
- Kakapo Recovery
- National Wild Turkey Federation
- NY Department of Environmental Conservation
- National Audubon Society
- Clouded Leopard Project
- Amur Leopard & Tiger Alliance
- Great Swamp Conservancy
- Pfeiffer Nature Center