R.A. Miller Like many folk artists, Reuben A. Miller didn't discover his talent until the later years of his life. Born in 1912 in the house where he lives today, he worked in cotton mills, farmed, and preached at the Free Will Baptist Church. While glaucoma stole most of his eyesight by age sixty-five, Miller retired from preaching and began creating. He covered the hill near his home with hundreds of windmills--whirligigs, he called them--festooned with animal or human shapes snipped from tin. The hill of whirligigs attracted local attention, and in 1984, the Georgia rock group R.E.M. filmed a video there.
After that, folk artists from far and wide streamed into Rabbittown, prompting Miller to experiment further. He began producing a variety of crude wooden and tin animal and human shapes, which he posted around his yard. In addition to the windmills and cutouts, Miller produceds paintings and drawings with the same themes.
For more than twenty years, folk art collectors have flocked to tiny Rabbittown to buy Miller's work, and art critics throughout the country have raved about the complexity beneath his deceptively simple art. Despite the attention, Miller remains pragmatic, remarking that "they don't know it ain't nothing but junk."
(Hall, Lynn L. "R.A. Miller." Strange But True Georgia. Sweetwater Press, 2005, pp.154-155.)
Miller passed away March 2006, but his legacy will not be forgotten. CLICK HERE to read more about Miller.
Medium: paint on metal
Size: 8 x 27