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Bring back memories through oil painting


December 8, 2019

Marione Martin

Carla Groschick Miller of Clinton is one of the featured artists this month at Graceful Arts Gallery.

"I have been painting, drawing, whatever, coloring since I was a child," says Carla Groschick Miller. The Clinton-based artist's work is featured at the Graceful Arts Gallery in Alva this month.

Miller studied at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree. She then taught school "for a little while." She now gives private lessons at her home and teaches adult oil painting at the vo-tech in Burns Flat.

Her art has been hung in a various galleries across the state, either as a one month show or actually exhibiting in those galleries.

Miller said she tried a lot of different art mediums such as watercolor, oil, acrylic and even wood carving. She finally decided to concentrate on oil painting, "because you get better and better when you stick with one thing." She's been sticking with oil painting for a number of years.

Miller's paintings at Graceful Arts Gallery feature landscapes, aspen trees, longhorn cattle and one girl doing another's hair.

"I like to bring back memories to people," says Miller. "When someone sees a painting of a single tree and they are fascinated by that tree because that was the tree on their farm ... that gives me pleasure. I know that I've touched something."

Another part of the fun is meeting other artists and learning from each other, she says. Then she takes those techniques, those styles and passes them on to her students who range in age from 7 to 85. "I try to show them all kinds of different forms of art," she says. "It gives me real pleasure when they get excited over what they are doing."

Miller is also passing along her art in another way. She has two children who live in El Reno. One is an artist as well. "She's going to bypass me," she says. "She's very talented."

Of the Graceful Arts Gallery, Miller says, "It's a very nice facility, well taken care of. Jo (Decker) does an excellent job."

To learn more about Miller, check her Facebook page Art at Groschick Gallery ("spelled like Schick razorblades") or her website at A video with Miller may be seen at


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