Miriam Kilmer has been surrounded by the arts since early childhood. Her parents founded Green Hedges
Elementary School (still flourishing in Vienna, VA) in order to give their ten children a superior education with emphasis on the arts.
Her ancestors include poets Joyce and Aline Kilmer and American Impressionist Frederick C. Frieseke. (Miriam's experience in the
challenges of preserving Frieseke's works on paper has encouraged her to use archival materials in her own artwork.) Enriched by
this background, Miriam and all of her siblings have continued to develop their artistic talents throughout their lives.
Miriam earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Printmaking at UNC-G, and her Masters in Theology
rom De Sales School of Theology. She has led art workshops with children and adults, worked as a portrait studio photographer, and
operated her own fine arts business since 1979.
Over the years Miriam has developed a variety of distinctive styles, influenced by the medium, subject
matter, and purpose of the artwork, as well as her widening outlook and diverse environments. She now specializes in
photography and computer graphics. Her unifying theme is love for the Source of creation and all that flows from that
Source, as evidenced by her focus on nature, portraits, and spiritual subjects.
Miriam has exhibited her works in numerous juried and solo shows. Her photographs have been published in magazines, newsletters,
and books, most notably the Shapenotes issue of Smithsonian in The Classroom. Her artwork is included in private collections in Canada
and France as well as the United States.
The Shenandoah Valley is a familiar place to Miriam. From early childhood, the Blue Ridge Mountains
and Shenandoah Valley were among her favorite places to visit. Since the early eighties, she has made numerous visits to the area,
including her yearly week on Bryce Mountain, taking thousands of photographs of local wildlife and farm animals.
~ by Lisa Kadel
I am inspired primarily by my reverence for nature. My pictures come from many places, such as my native
Virginia and other states I have visited, notably the southwest landscapes of Arizona and New Mexico. I love the challenge of
photographing animals: birds, butterflies, cats, deer, and so on. I am fascinated by the
power of the camera to freeze moments which pass so quickly they are easily missed. These include not only living things such as
flowers and trees blowing in the wind, but also rocks, cliffs, clouds, and landscapes as they are changed by wind, storms, and
shadows in shifting sunlight from sunrises to sunsets and twilight.
Since 2013, I have been concentrating my efforts in my own neighborhood. I'm composing a series of books
of photographs with extensive commentary.
When choosing which of my thousands of images to offer as digital images, I look for a spiritual quality,
dramatic composition and sumptuous color. I hope you enjoy the pictures I exhibit.
Jerry L. Eisley, Fine Art Associates
The Art League Miriam was a member of The Art League for years. She now participates by donating artworks.
Many of Miriam's fine art photographs were scanned from beautiful 6.6" x 10" professional prints
made to her specifications from negatives by talented printer Diane "Dee" (Malaney) Forro of Positive Image in 2002. Sadly, Positive Image
is no longer in business. A few of these one-of-a kind photographs remain. They are mounted on special archival color-coordinated
9" x 12" paper and then on rag board, and they retail for $65.00 each. They are signed and dated 2003, when Lisa Kadel
and I did the special mounting together. Email customer service for the list of currently available images. P/h cost plus $5.00 per package.
contact customer service