About Judy Miller

Judy Miller was a fabulous artist who did fashion illustration, oil portraiture, silk screening and even was a runway model for a while in the 70s. Although she dropped out of college early to marry and have kids as did so many women in the 1950s she went back to school and finished her degree in art history. She then taught art in the public school system and was a museum docent.

Judy didn't have an easy life. She married to early to man who didn't know how to control his temper. We all lived in the shadow of his foul moods and their generation didn't think divorce was an option. Then to add to that my sister Marsha Lisa died at age 9 in November 1962 just 9 months before I was born. Judy's favorite story about that was her rabbi suggested she knock on every door of her apartment building and ask if that family had known loss. She took the suggestion and found out that she wasn't alone.

What I loved about my mom was that she dragged us to every interesting museum and art gallery in NYC in the 1970s. It's from these experience that I took permission to give up working for money and instead do something more meaningful to me.

It's a cliché that we've all heard before. “You don't know what you have until it's gone.” Judy suffered from Alzheimer's and passed away in 2016. Alzheimers is a mean disease. It erases the person you love right in front of your eyes.

I would give anything to get one more hour with my mom and I don't have even one good portrait with her that I could show on my wall at home to remind me of who and where I come from which is why I think you should have one. Judy is with me every time I make a great photograph.

Thank you for reading!

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