Nancy Hughes Miller
Cary, North Carolina

Reflected in Nancy Hughes Miller’s paintings are the coastal and rural environments of southeastern North Carolina, her birthplace, where she still spends much of her time. As a child, Nancy’s primary education did not include art classes, so she was delighted when one day her oldest brother returned home from college with newsprint and charcoal. She went on to pursue a career path in graphic design and fine arts. Now a full-time artist, Nancy experiments with vibrant colors and fluid forms to create her non-traditional, painterly landscapes. She enjoys working with oils, a medium that dries slowly and lends itself nicely to blending. Nancy strives to produce artwork that is, according to her, “quiet, yet bold.”

Artist and Customer Comments

Nancy Hughes Miller 2/17/2015 | 9:24 AM

Hi N Lim, thanks for those nice words -- that's what I hope to achieve with my art.

commentsMarsh Clouds
N Lim 2/16/2015 | 11:47 PM

Peaceful influence. Meditative.

Nancy Hughes Miller 12/5/2014 | 11:18 AM

Thanks again, Beverly! Enjoy! and Happy Holidays!!

B Gossett 12/5/2014 | 9:46 AM

Nancy, Just received "Morning Sea," absolutely stunning. Wonderful way to start the day. Best regards, Beverly

commentsMorning Sea
C JENKINS 11/7/2014 | 3:44 PM


Nancy Hughes Miller 10/4/2014 | 10:59 AM

Hi again D Walker, OOPs, Sorry I was confused. Now I see the piece you're interested in is "Daybreak Shore" and it is available for purchase and delivery prior to November -- usually paintings arrive 7-10 days after purchase, or longer depending on your location. The folks at can answer your delivery questions. Hope you decide to proceed. And yes, the photos are a realistic depiction of the actual artwork. Thanks again!

Nancy Hughes Miller 10/3/2014 | 8:24 PM

Hi D Walker, Purple Cloudscape has sold. Works marked "sold" are not available for purchase. Thanks for your interest in my art! Any more questions, let us know.

commentsDaybreak Shore
D Walker 10/3/2014 | 3:05 PM

This is a beautiful piece that my project manager loves as well! I noticed a comment from July that mentioned a purchase. Is this piece available for a November delivery; and will it be original/as shown? Thank you for your response!

Nancy Hughes Miller 7/18/2014 | 1:45 PM

Thanks C for purchasing Purple Cloudscape Beach-- 'hope you will enjoy it in your home!

C Maxton 7/15/2014 | 2:00 PM

I can't wait to get my new painting! it is the perfect blend of colors! I know it will go great in my home - so thankful to have found it and you.

Nancy Hughes Miller 6/25/2014 | 9:44 AM

Hi M Drake--- thanks for your kind words, glad you are inspired!

M Drake 6/25/2014 | 8:17 AM

Love your work, very inspiring!!!

Nancy Hughes Miller 5/26/2014 | 8:44 PM

thanks to my UGallery clients for their recent purchases!

Nancy Hughes Miller 3/31/2014 | 12:36 PM

Thanks to my two recent buyers! Glad you found me and my art on UGallery.

Nancy Hughes Miller 3/1/2014 | 11:16 AM

Hi S Rh, thanks for your interest in my work. Love your comments and hope you will own one of my paintings soon!

S Rh 3/1/2014 | 8:41 AM

I feel invigorated. my lungs are filled with oxygen and fresh ocean air. powerful. esp love the more 'surreal' ones. I'm saving up.

Nancy Hughes Miller 1/21/2014 | 11:06 AM

Looking forward to a great year on UGallery!

Daybreak Surf

Oil painting on stretched linen
Signed on front and back

36" h x 36" w x 1.5" d
6 lbs. 0 oz.


Artwork Details

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An early morning beach walk along the Atlantic Ocean with a sunlit horizon over breaking waves. I used loose, gestural brushwork over a warm red surface layer. The sides are painted rich black and the work comes wired to hang.

Oil painting

Oil paint uses natural oils, such as linseed, poppy and walnut oil to bind the pigments. Oils are slow to dry, which allows the artist to rework the painting to achieve the desired effect. Also, they blend easily, which helps to achieve certain colors. With the rise of naturalism in 15th century Early Netherlandish painting, oil paints became preferred to quick drying tempera paint. Artists wanted a medium that would allow them to achieve detailed and precise effects in their paintings. Consider all of the detail in the masterpieces of Jan van Eyck and Hieronymus Bosch!

Stretched linen

Linen fabric is the preferred surface for paintings. Linen is favored over cotton for its strength, durability and archival integrity. Linen is a rare surface in the United States because of its high cost. When a linen artwork is labeled stretched, it means the linen has been wrapped around a wooden frame (the ''stretcher''). Stretched linen artwork typically does not require framing.


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