The husband-and-wife painting team of Kevin D. Miles and Wendy Schaefer-Miles will visit the Vickers Collection Gallery in Market Square in Beaver Creek from Dec. 26-28. Gallery visitors can watch the artists at work.
The couple share a common vision: They work side-by-side on the same canvas. The two met in Florida and married in 1987. Wendy, a Wisconsin native and daughter of a dairy farmer, longed to return home. When her father retired in 1988, the couple moved to Wisconsin and purchased his farm, maintaining several buildings for use as a studio and gallery.
Nestled in the rolling hills of Trempealeau County, just north of Whitehall, their farm is in one of the least-populated areas of the state. This retreat allows them the solitude to be creative.
Although they are represented by the largest privately owned gallery in the U.S., the artists established a gallery of their own on the farm. It is open to the public and contains a rotating collection of their original oil paintings and fine art editions.
Their collaborative works have been displayed in some of the nation's largest galleries. The Wisconsin Foundation for the Arts selected the pair as its commissioned artists in 2003.
This honor afforded them the opportunity to hang one of their elegant oil paintings in the governor's mansion. It has since been placed in the permanent collection of Madison's Elvehjem Museum.
The couple attributes its phenomenal success to the joy and love they have for the craft.
"We've been blessed to share our passion for painting and we're more excited about it now than when we started," Wendy said. "Our work has become bolder, more colorful and, hopefully, more engaging to the viewer."
Their vivid landscapes have captured the imagination of collectors around the world. Last year alone, this prolific team painted and sold more than 100 original oils.
Wendy and Kevin's inspiration comes directly from nature. Their paintings are a travelogue inspired by beauty.