Former Crispus Attucks High School art teacher Heather Miles got a confidence boost after displaying and selling some paintings in a Starbucks on the IUPUI campus three years ago.
“It was right near Attucks, so I went there very often and I knew the manager,” said Miles, who also began selling paintings at Penrod Art Fair. “I sold some things and I thought this might be something. Since then, it’s really taken off and it’s been great.”
The Carmel resident, who goes by H. Ward Miles as an artist, is this month’s featured artist at Art on Main Gallery & Gifts, 111 W. Main St., Carmel. She will have a meet-the-artist event during the IU Health North Hospital Art of Wine event from 5 to 10 p.m. July 21 at the gallery. Miles has 10 pieces on display this month.
Miles, a 1999 Noblesville High School and Indiana University graduate, taught 15 years at Indianapolis Public Schools, including the last 12 at Attucks. She resigned in June to concentrate on being a full-time artist.
Miles and her husband, Sam, have two children, Elle Honey, 6, and Roman, 4.
“I like painting for people,” said Miles, who has been one of Art on Main’s artists for three months. “I get a lot of feedback. I have a great relationship with my buyers.”
Miles started painting more when they bought a new house and she wanted to decorate it.
“I like a lot of different kinds of art,” she said. “I like print making. I liked photography in college. I like work inspired by street art. I see a lot of that street-art feel in my work, but super abstract and modern.”