Vickie McMillan, a native Texan and resident of The Woodlands, masterfully creates breathtaking wildlife, landscape and nature paintings that advance global conservation causes, envisions and executes large public installations, and conducts art-based global outreach initiatives that equip, encourage, and motivate disadvantaged, disabled, and impoverished people. Her large public installations include public buildings, hospitals, schools, correctional facilities and other government organizations. McMillan’s award-winning paintings have been exhibited in both Art Museums and fine art galleries throughout the country and abroad. Her paintings are included in museum collections, corporate and private collections and has been published in well-known magazines, articles and reviews both locally and internationally.
As a wildlife conservation artist, McMillan is driven to paint accurate wildlife, landscapes, flora and fauna for people to gain a better understand of their responsibility to protect endangered wildlife and their habitats. She is known to give countless hours to studying their habits, behaviors, anatomy, and way of life before beginning a piece of work. Vickie’s years of experience in the field is evident in her passion to accurately articulate through the use of paint wildlife and their natural habitat. With each body of work, she makes herself aware of what impact man has on the wildlife she is painting and how to educate the public why certain species are on the endangered list. Her large scale public installations have included but are not limited to such themes as landscapes and nature, wildlife, flora and fauna.
Her unique style of impasto/impressionism was developed over time due to a disability she has called Essential Tremors. In order to finish the final details in each painting or public installation McMillan holds her breath while embracing her right hand to create the desired stroke. Despite McMillan’s disability of ET, her productivity is not hindered instead it has had an opposite effect on her drive to create as she is prolific painter. What drives her to create is to honor the Lord by using her gifts and talents to reflect his glory in creation and to tell her story of overcoming obstacles to reach her dream. McMillan’s decision to embraced her disability and allow it to work for her and not against her, has defined her own unique style setting her works of art apart from others. When working on large collaborative public installations she is able to encourage and inspire others to reach their full potential. Her public installations and large collaborative installations leave a legacy of changed lives.
McMillan’s works are created on panel board for strength due to the layers of paint she applies for depth, texture and movement. Her desire is to create a painting, not a photograph. McMillan’s goal is to draw the viewer into the painting through unique and unusual textures, colors inspiring a particular mood and drama to keep the viewer interested. Her painting process is complex but dramatic. The foundation of her work begins by adding numerous thick layers created by a unique recipe she has developed over the years. Once she achieves the texture she is looking for she begins to add thin acrylic glazes and wipes them off where needed. As a result, a unique texture begins to arise similar to the amazing and abundant textures created in nature. After achieving the right ground for each piece, it is then that she begins to develop the figurative imagery for each piece. Her unique approach to the background allows the viewer to focus on what she wants them to focus on.
Bio/Awards and Exhibitions:
McMillan’s most recent success as a wildlife artist and her concern for wildlife and their habitat has enabled her to exhibit her paintings in such Art Museums as Brisco Western Art Museum (Night of the Artists), Birds in Art, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin; Museum of the Gulf Coast, Port Arthur, Texas; Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, The Wildling Museum, Solvang, California, Newington-Cropsey Foundation, Hastings-on-Hudson New York; Gilcrease Museum Tulsa, Oklahoma; Animal Kingdom XX and the Small Works Show, The Bennington Center for the Arts, Museum of East Texas (54 paintings), Gulf Coast Art Museum (35 paintings), 2015-16 Artists for Conservation Juried Exhibition, Vancouver Canada, The Great Plains Art Museum, National Oil and Acrylic Painters' Society, Woman Artist of America, International Society of Acrylic Painters exhibition and award, The St. Augustine Art Ass., Florida and the 2015, 2014 The Hunting Art Prize finalist. McMillan was also the artist of the year for Safari Club International- Houston, Houston Safari Club Artist of the Year and The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival People Choice Award for Best Artist, The Woodlands High School Art Trust-purchase award. Vickie has also served as the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Art Judge since 2010. She was on the front cover of the 2016 Artists for Conservation calendar; published in The Artist's Magazine; Fine Art Connoisseur; Southwest Art Magazine Artistic Excellence award, PleinAir Magazine- won best overall Acrylic Award, North Light Books', Best of AcrylicWorks 4: Captivating Color, Western Art and Architecture Magazine, Magazine National Oil & Acrylic Painter and Artists for Conservation collectors book; Artist Portfolio; Richeson75 book. This prestigious designation is reserved for only a handful of premier artists that win the respect of a sophisticated constituency of art enthusiasts and wildlife conservationists. For more supporting material, catalogues, brochures, articles please visit vickiemcmillan.com
McMillan’s paintings and large public installations can be seen in private collections, buildings, business, schools, nursing homes, rehabilitation and treatment centers, detentions facilities and shelters for the abused. Her paintings and public installations address important conservation and social issues that bring joy and hope to hurting people through the universal language of art. Her desire to bring people together through the arts is evident in her commitment to the community, supporting youth through the arts and her wildlife conservation efforts. McMillan generously donates her time, talent, paintings and installations to support local agencies who help disadvantaged, disabled, and impoverished people and raise funds to support art scholarships for kids in Texas and around the world. She uses her platform as an artist to educate and foster community through her speaking engagements, paintings and large public instillations. Her personal connection and involvement in the community at large is represented by the overwhelming support and requests for her paintings and large public installations. McMillan’s most recent installation involves two, 65 ft. and one 54’ wildlife murals for the new Texas Children’s Hospital in The Woodlands, TX. and two 30’ paintings installed in a new Walmart; the first paintings ever to be created and installed in any Walmart across the United States.
The following is a short list of McMillan’s large public installations, The Woodlands mall, Memorial City Mall; The Woodlands Fire Department Central Station; Montgomery County Judges Chambers; Texas Children’s Hospital, (all 3 Campus); Interfaith (special needs, elderly, impoverished children); The Houston Symphony; The Montgomery and Harris County Juvenile Detention Center; The AIDS Foundation of Houston; Clint and Kevin Black with Rett’s Syndrome; Boy Scouts of America; Lufkin County Judges chambers; Needham Fire Department ;Texas PTA; Wounded Warriors; Texas State Capital; Cinco Ranch Community Center; Montgomery County Women’s Shelter; Tri-County Mental Health Facility; Montgomery County Children’s Safe Harbor; Palmer Drug Rehab Facility; Spring Branch Drug Coalition; Boys and Girls Country- CPS children; Hearts With Hope –boys CPS; Freedom Place (children ages 9-18 sex-traffic); Angel Reach (street kids); Arc of Katy and over 60 schools.
Please visit McMillan’s website to review a more extensive list of her public installations.
Artists for Conservation
American Women Artists
The St. Augustine Art Ass., Florida
Endangered Art for Apes, Miami Florida
The Art of the Heartland
The Bennington Center for the Arts
Great Plains Art Museum
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum
Texas Commission on the Arts
Life Time Member- Safari Club International
Life Time Member of the Houston Safari Club
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Coastal Conservation Association
The Texas Wildlife Association
Life Time member- Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
Professional Hunters' Association of South Africa
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum
Museum of East Texas