JD Miller & Lea Fisher
July 10 - September 22, 2018
Opening: Saturday July 7, 2018
LMFA is excited to host an exhibit from artists JD Miller & Lea Fisher and their philosophy of Reflectionism.
Reflectionism is defined by Miller as following the law of attraction and translating that experience into art on the canvas. The Reflectionist technique is characterized by a multi-dimensional oil application, referred to by Miller as 3-Dimensional oil. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience a visceral and emotional journey.
JD Miller & Lea FisherArtist’s Statement:
JD Miller, artist and co-owner of Samuel Lynne Galleries, founded Reflectionism in 2001. Reflectionism combines a philosophy of art and a style of painting that is grounded in Asian mindfulness, meditation, and The New Thought philosophy founded in the US in the 19th century, which holds that Infinite Intelligence is everywhere, that spirit is the totality of real things, true human selfhood is divine, divine thought is a force for good, sickness originates in the mind, and that "right thinking" has a healing effect. In 21st century terms, Reflectionism is rooted in the law of attraction—the belief that by focusing on positive or negative thoughts, a person brings positive or negative experiences into their life. This belief is based on the idea that people and their thoughts are both made from "pure energy", and that through the process of "like-energy attracting like-energy" a person can improve their own life experience. Reflectionists practice the law of attraction in their art by allowing the universe to speak through them, manifesting a reflection of energies onto their canvases.
There are two main components of Reflectionism: following the law of attraction and translating that experience into art on the canvas.
The Reflectionist technique is characterized by a multi-dimensional oil application, referred to by Miller as 3-Dimensional oil. While thick oil has been used since the advent of modern art, the method and technique used by Miller—the thick application of oil using painting knives to create a sculptural element within a painting—is new, and a technique he has taught to his fellow Reflectionists who are expanding the idea and the techniques of this movement of art.
Inspired by the Impressionists’ style, Reflectionists modernized these techniques to form the foundation of Reflectionism. Wanting freedom from academic-imposed norms, Impressionists focused on the overall effect of their art rather than the small details. This meant their brushstrokes were thin, but created with thick paint. To produce their paintings they focused on the reflections and unusual angles that the lighting produced, and the weighted dot-like use of oil their scenes created on the canvas. While this renowned group of artists went into nature to capture and display back to viewers the essence of light, Reflectionists venture into our 21st century world to capture and reflect back their own essence of life.
The core group of Reflectionists, which includes painter and wife of JD Miller, Lea Fisher, is based in Dallas, Texas. Although their artwork is characterized by the 3-Dimensional oil painting technique used in Reflectionism, each artist adopts and interprets this method differently, creating individually distinctive styles. As more artists adopt the Reflectionist philosophy and style of painting, the movement continues to grow beyond its original members.Artist’s Bio:
JD Miller began his painting career 20 years ago with a vision. Pursuing the law of attraction, with a conscious practice as a professional musician, he developed Reflectionism. Exploring other mediums, the artist began using oil paints, based on sensorial experiences to create the 3-Dimensional oil technique. With this 3-Dimensional oil, Miller conveys his sense of freedom, his joy in the miracle of creation, and the synchronicity of the universe. Miller’s passion for painting and his process for like-energy attracting like-energy translates the law of vibration into the energy emanating from his work.
To create, the artist calls upon the universal vibrations of light and sound to flow through him to allow for the molding of oil paints. A unique process that identifies him among other artists, Miller creates impactful, strong, enlivening canvases that take their viewers on an existential journey.
Lea Fisher is a former psychotherapist who has evolved from a problematic and conflicted childhood to become an intuitive artist who can express herself fearlessly, while powerfully addressing very complex issues related to contemporary societal afflictions.
As a Reflectionist, Fisher paints dramatic compositions that mirror her life experiences. She creates bold, authentic, emotionally expansive artworks that frequently possess an ethereal quality.
Often painting without a sense of physical presence, the artist uses techniques that range from delicate feathering of oils, to using multiple media to create richly sculpted textures. Her aesthetically pleasing compositions captivate the eye with rich and vivid layers of elegant color palettes. Her art emulates adventure, raw emotion, and an unparalleled flow of sentience. Drawing on her strong skill of composition, Fisher creates an illusion of solidity and weightlessness that simultaneously grounds the viewer while allowing the mind to float to engage intuitive consciousness.