Born in Minneapolis in 1952, Bruce Miller showed signs of artistic talent at an early age, winning his first art contest in the second grade. Given a set of acrylic paints for seventh grade art class, he painted exclusively with acrylics until 1995, when he began painting with oils.
After high school, Bruce majored in art at St. Cloud State University and expanded his horizons as a world traveler. He returned to Minnesota to seriously pursue his art career in 1975. Miller experimented with a variety of genres including portraits, landscape, abstract and surrealism. Being an avid outdoorsman and Eagle Scout, in 1981 he began painting wildlife.
In 1988 he won his first national contest, Artist of the Year for the Michigan Wildlife Art Festival and since then he has become one of the most decorated artists in the country. Having won numerous conservation stamps, his crowning achievements to date are winning the 1993 Federal Duck Stamp and the 1999 Ducks Unlimited International Artist of the Year competition. His work also has won critical acclaim, being selected for the Leigh Yawkey Woodson “Birds in Art” exhibition. In 2004 and 2005 he finished third and runner-up respectively in the Federal Duck Stamp Competition.