Our new tradition: Featured Artist
Every month we choose a local artist and highlight their work in our featured artist nook. Stop by the shop and take a closer look. We would love to see you!
Vicki Lee Miles
Featured Artist of the Month at Reflections Art and Framing is Vicki Lee Miles.
A little about our featured artist
Vicki Miles was born in Stratford, Ontario, and later moved to London. She received her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto, as well as a Fine Art Diploma from Sheridan College in Oakville. She began her career with three years of teaching in Alberta, and subsequently enjoyed thirty years of teaching Visual Arts at the secondary school level within the Thames Valley District School Board.
Vicki is comfortable with a variety of different media, and paints with acrylics, oil, and watercolour. Subject matter begins with a photo exploration, usually of local places, spaces, and creatures. Suitable subjects, once framed within the camera viewfinder, are drawn and translated using the selected paint medium.
Sanctity of home, of those locations and landmarks that are close to us, that define us, and are an indelible part of our own histories, are subjects that most often call (demand) to be painted. The camera and the brush lead the artist, often in an unforeseen direction, to an inevitable conclusion. Whether experiencing the creative venture with her students, or, more recently, within the quietness of her own studio space, the lure and compelling nature of painting seldom wavers.
Less enamoured of the creative process are Gracie, the loveable Beagle, and Ruby, the irascible bird, who allow Vicki to live with them in Port Franks, Ontario.
Leslie did a re-framing for me of a 16 x 20 signed Joe Montana Super Bowl stats photo that was originally framed by a so called "Sports Memorabilia" professional frame shop. They used mats that 6 years later polluted the inside of my glass and dry mounted my photo😠 Leslie used the proper materials for framing autographed photos which protects and preserves the life of the autographed photo and did a SUPER JOB!!! If you're looking to have autographed sports memorabilia framed do NOT just take it to any sports memorabilia frame shop and figure they will do it the right way, big mistake! After you shell out good money for that beautiful autographed photo educate yourself on archival framing and then go see Leslie, she will do it the proper way. Archival framing costs a little more but if you don't want your glass polluted or acid burns on your photo or watch your autograph fade away 10 years from now you have to do that. If your autographed photo was worth the money spent, is it not also worth protecting? Photo was framed with acid free mats and Tru Vue Optium Museum Acrylic. Thanks Leslie!!!
July 18, 2021
Leslie was an absolute DELIGHT to deal with. We came in with a very sentimental piece we wanted framed and a budget. She was able to do something absolutely beautiful within our budget and we are forever greatful for allowing us to now proudly display our newly framed artwork. 100% recommend her services!
September 25, 2020
Reflections Art and Framing was recommended to us by a good friend. We've now been dealing with Leslie for a few years. Over that time she's done a number of pieces of art for us and we've been extremely happy with each and every piece. Leslie is great to deal with - friendly, helpful. She shares the love and enthusiasm we have for the pieces and genuinely cares about getting them just right. It's a great interaction every time!!
March 18, 2022
I had the pleasure of working with Reflections over the past few months with a few pieces. We were moving homes and wanted a fresh start with photos that reflected us. I had emailed Leslie, the owner about framing a giant Muhammad Ali photo inspired by something i saw on Arch Digest (when i say Giant...I mean MUCH TALLER THAN ME) and she completely exceeded my expectations. It looks better than the one we even sent her! Reflections takes pride in what they do.. they are professionals at a very affordable price. We are continuing to use Reflections to frame photos and even sports memorabilia for my husband. I would rate them 10 stars if I could! Lameese
June 14, 2020