Deede Miller grew up on the coast of North Carolina and has always been attracted to the water and boats. After graduation from college, she began working for the University of North Carolina Marine Science Institute in Morehead City, illustrating a book on fishes, sharks and rays of North Carolina and working on research projects on trawlers.
During the many summers that she and her husband, Michael spent in Newfoundland, Canada, she painted outdoors and in 2010 held a show in Nova Scotia exhibiting many of her Canadian paintings. It was a culmination of years of paintings and Deede was thrilled that most of the paintings found homes back in Newfoundland or in Nova Scotia.
Residing in Annapolis, MD near the Chesapeake Bay for 30 years opened many new painting possibilities as Deede began to explore the region and small fishing villages, visiting state parks all over Virginia with her artist sister, Jennifer.E. Miller.
Now back in North Carolina, she has established the Wildwood Fine Arts Studio outside of Morehead City. For years, Deede was known by her given name, Leslie, and often used Leslie (Deede) Miller as her artist's name.