Jack Paul Miller

Cultural Artists Spotlight: July 10 – July 23, 2019

Can you tell us a little bit about what you do?
I teach ceramics and drawing at the Betsy Lueke Creative Arts Center.

How did you first become interested in art?
Professionally and emotionally I have always been involved with the arts in one form or another. I studied at California State University Northridge (CSUN) and Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.

How can art enrich a community, and what are some ways people can become engaged with art in Burbank?

Fortunately the Betsy Lueke Creative Arts Center offers day and evening classes; this availability accommodates students that are retired, as well as students that work full time. These classes offer instruction for beginning and intermediate students, and many work on their own personal projects with instruction available. I know that students appreciate the fact that the Betsy Lueke Creative Arts Center exists. It is a place where one can express his creativity and expand his horizons.

If you could share with our community one thing about art, what would it be?

At times I find it difficult to put into words my philosophy of art or my philosophy of life. So I took the liberty to call upon some old friends to offer a word or two regarding the subject:

“I shut my eyes in order to see.” – Paul Gauguin
“Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.” Eugene Delacroix
“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein
“Do not fear mistakes…there are none.” – Miles Davis
“The painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through.” – Jackson Pollock
“Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the artist do good things.” – Edgar Degas
“The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.” – Francis Bacon
“No matter how slow the film, the spirit always stands still long enough for the photographer it has chosen.” – Minor White
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” – Pablo Picasso