WINSTED — Growing up in Granville, Mass., as a child Gregery Miller would often visit his aunt in Winsted.
“I would also trick or treat around town during Halloween, which is all I knew about Winsted for years,” Miller said. “My aunt told me about the Whiting Mills artist studios building a few years ago and I came out to one of their holiday open studios events. I thought it was such a cool building and community that I stayed in touch with the building’s management.”
After living for four years in New York City, Miller moved out in February right before the Covid-19 pandemic hit and moved back to Massachusetts.
In mid-July, he opened a studio at Whiting Mills.
“I just needed a break from New York City,” Miller said. “I needed a spot where I could do my work undistracted.”
Miller is a freelance artist who has worked with nationally known animation studios.
He has worked as a background designer on “The Midnight Gospel” series on Netflix and has worked for Titmouse Animation, Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, Disney, Microsoft, along with several other studios and companies.
Miller graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston in 2009 with a double major in illustration and animation.
“I grew up loving a lot of animation and cartoons, and I like telling stories through both mediums,” he said. “My inspirations have been a lot of science fiction and fantasy illustrators, including Frank Frazetta, Maurice Sendak, Edward Gorey, and also surreal artists like Dali and M.C. Escher. One of my biggest inspirations as a visual artist is Wayne Barlowe. ‘Barlowe’s Guide to Extraterrestrials’ is a real inspiration.”
In describing what it’s like working as a background illustrator on “The Midnight Gospel,” Miller said that it is fun and rewarding despite the pressures of having a “really crazy fast” turnaround time on work.
“You never have enough time to do everything,” Miller said. “I only worked on the Midnight Gospel for four to five months last year. We got the whole first season done at that time. I had an art director above me who gave me feedback on my work. I would take a pass at things, pass it in, then show them what I had done. You can’t get too personal or precious with your artwork. It’s hard not to take it personally when you put a lot of work into something and you get back ‘oh, this is wrong and that is wrong.’”
Miller is currently on his fantasy comic book series “The Tales of Reverie”, which can be found online at www.thetalesofreverie.com.
The comic book revolves around stories on the planet Alosias.
To fund the project, Miller has a Patreon account at
“The Patreon account gives me financial backing to produce my work because it’s hard to get the time and find a publisher when you are working on a big comic book project,” he said.
As for Whiting Mills, while it has only been a few weeks since he moved in, Miller said that he has enjoyed his time in the building so far.
“Everyone is so friendly and there are so many different artistic disciplines and things happening in this building,” he said. “Everyone is playing it safe because of the pandemic and they are not seeing each other that much. But still, it’s very inspiring to be here around a lot of people doing so many creative things.”
For more information about Miller’s work go to https://www.facebook.com/GregeryJMiller/