Paton Miller was born in Seattle, raised in Honolulu, and received his B.F.A. from Southampton College. While Southampton has been Miller’s home since 1975, he travels widely—Hawaii, Costa Rica, and Bali are just a few of his destinations. For twenty-two years, when in Southampton, he painted in the former studio of Fairfield Porter on South Main Street. “My work is comprised of two basic approaches,” Miller has said. “The paintings and drawings done in the studio are often from my imagination; the work accomplished while traveling are direct observations of the places I visit and the people I meet. These two approaches compliment each other well.” His seductive, complex surfaces are full of scratches, abrasions, visible underdrawing and outlining, and some of his work incorporates remnants of old canvases. Sometimes straightforward, more often mysterious and somewhat elusive, his imagery has a rustic quality reminiscent of the Mexican muralists and Gauguin, and a sense of his subjects’ innocence and physicality.