Edward “Bear” Miller likes to wander out with his dog and his paints and make believe he's Gustave Courbet on the Hudson.  He also loves adventuring with his wife and daughter in 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), and apprenticed under Pacific Northwest sculptor Philip McCracken before embarking on a twelve-year career as a social studies teacher, including five years at Colegio Menor San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador.  Bear painted assiduously in oils at St. Albans School (under Sandy Larson), Millbrook School (under Lenny Beecher), and throughout his college career (under Michael Knutson).  Beginning in 2000, Bear was befriended and mentored by painter Robert Stark of Pennsylvania.  He earned his MFA from SUNY New Paltz in 2016.  Bear maintains his home and studio in Tarrytown, NY.