Ailsa Victoria Miller works from her home in the North East. After studying A Level art she went to North Tyneside College where she completed a BTEC and HND in Fashion Design. This led to a Ba (Hons) at Northumbria University where she specialised in printed textiles. During her studies she won a prize of £200 for her swimsuit design in the Clothes Show Magazine competition. She also sold two of her print designs through an agent at premier Vision in Paris.
On completion of her degree she discovered she had arthritis and so took an office job for practical reasons. The job was stressful, which combined with a stressful home environment (Ailsa’s sister has been bedridden for many years with a severe case of ME) became too much. She had to leave on health grounds suffering with stress and anxiety. After extensive counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy she began to draw again. Inspired by the uplifting colours of nature she would take photographs on an autumn walk, she recreated the beautiful leaves and berries in soft pastel.
Working with colour made her feel better and this positive emotional effect was being observed by viewers of her work. Ailsa was amazed at this response which encouraged her to start her business as an artist. She has completely transformed her life turning a negative situation into a positive one. Fascinated by colour and it’s effect on wellbeing her aim is to convey this feeling through her vibrant soft and oil pastel drawings.
Ailsa’s work is featured in art journal Sachet Mixte Women Edition 7, available from Amazon.