Edward “Bear” Miller likes to wander out with his dog and French easel and make believe he's Gustave Courbet on the Lower Hudson. He also loves adventuring with his wife and daughters among the high peaks of the Adirondacks. Born and raised in the District of Columbia, Bear completed high school in Millbrook, NY, got his B.A. in history from Reed College (’93), apprenticed under Pacific Northwest sculptor Philip McCracken, taught social studies for twelve years (including five years at Colegio Menor San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador), and decided to focus on painting in 2009. Bear painted in oils at St. Albans School (under Sandy Larson), Millbrook School (under Lenny Beecher), at Reed College (under Michael Knutson), and has been mentored by Pennsylvania/Albuquerque painter Robert Stark since 2000. He earned his MFA from SUNY New Paltz in 2016 and maintains his home and studio in Tarrytown, NY.