Think like an Ecologist, live like the Indigenous.
Ask of this world not riches, but instead ask for life messy with ecology. Old forests rich with diversity, waters abundant and clean, animals wild and free, and truth to keep them that way.
A noted conservationist, artist, and lecturer, Allyson Miller has also won awards for her riparian restoration and ecologically organic permaculture farming on a circa 1800's Oregon Pioneer homestead she inherited. She grew up with a paintbrush never far from her reach. She was raised on her family's 7000-acre working cattle ranch in Eastern Oregon. Her father ran their ranch according to the insights of famous writer and biologist, Aldo Leopold. It was there on the ranch that she met western artist Ray Eyerly. Ray recognized her natural talent and taught her how to paint and use the quill pen in the manner of the Old World Renaissance Masters. Over the years Ray continued to encourage Allyson. The letters he sent mentoring her work are some of her most precious possessions.
While working on a double Masters in Natural Resources at OSU, she penned and illustrated a children's ecology storybook that is selling on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Oregonians call her the Barefoot Ecologist because she is always sharing her extensive knowledge of ecology and Oregon's ecosystems through her art and writings.
She is the founding director of Oregon Cougar Action Team a 501c3 educational foundation dedicated to the protection of Oregon's cougar, wolves, and bear.
Her work has been featured or is currently selling at:
Bliss Victoria Magazine, 1998/99
Sew News Magazine, 1998/99
The Oregon Book
The Farmers Journal
Oregon State Parks
Barns & Noble
Maine Historical Society
West Virginia Historical Society
International Quilts Incorporated
Allyson's organic circa 1800's farm, and cougar conservation work websites: