James Miller was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. In high school he was taught art by the renowned Newfoundland painter Reginald Shepherd. As a young student Miller saw an exhibition with paintings from 18th century Dutch Realists at the MUN Art Gallery. The profound impact of that exhibition led Miller to pursue an education in the visual arts.
He was accepted into NSCAD in 1974, then further study at John Abbott College, Quebec, and finished his formal art studies with 4 years at the Ontario College of Art. He graduated with his Associate of the Ontario College of Art, AOCA, in 1983.
Still life, figurative, landscape, and seascape work are all part of his visual narrative.
His influences in representational art range from Impressionism to Hyperrealism.
His works are included in private, corporate, and public collections in Canada, the United States and Europe.