H. Ward Miles
MEDIUM: Acrylic Paintings
H. Ward Miles, an Indianapolis-based abstract painter, spent her childhood exploring outdoor spaces in Indiana. As a child, she loved all things wild and was soft-hearted in most situations. Her love of wildness and her empathetic nature naturally lead her to love and excel at art making and, even as a young person, she created art that resonated with her audience.
After attending Indiana University Bloomington and receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts Education, H. Ward Miles lived in Kenya, Africa and was heavily influenced (in her life and her artwork) by the experience. She returned to the states and began teaching visual art within Indianapolis Public Schools. She dedicated many years to the profession and received her Master’s Degree in Education.
In 2015, she began painting as a professional with the intention to create valuable work, attract buyers/collectors and to run her fine art as a business. In 2018, H. Ward Miles decided to let go of the biweekly paycheck life and stop teaching to pursue her painting full time. She currently paints 40 hours/week from her home in Carmel, IN, sells original artworks in art fairs throughout the midwest, and has participated in groups shows at various locations including Clowes Hall at Butler University.
H. Ward Miles strongly feels that her work has an important and necessary dual meaning. There is the personal and there is the political. She creates abstract work addressing a variety of topics both comfortable (family, love, relationships, parenthood, nature) and uncomfortable (social injustice, racial inequality, political differences, environmental destruction, war, sexism and fear) and seeks to represent the harsher aspects of life in addition to the complicated, but often universal beauty found in daily life throughout the world.
My work is an attempt to take a world that can be so negative and find the light, bright beauty of our fragile existence. My work focuses on our great joys--love, parenthood, ambition and community-- and our great sorrows--personal sacrifice, politics, social injustice-- and works to accurately depict a big, messy life containing both.