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Western artist finds niche in all things horse

Trib Photo/Briana Lonas<br>Artist Jody L. Miller captures the essense of horses with her Western fine art photography business. Her work is on display at the Prescott Valley Public Library until Aug. 6.

Trib Photo/Briana Lonas<br>Artist Jody L. Miller captures the essense of horses with her Western fine art photography business. Her work is on display at the Prescott Valley Public Library until Aug. 6.

Standing still in the middle of a herd of running horses may not seem fun for most people, but for one woman, it's all in a day's work.

Jody L. Miller captures the essence of the American horse with her camera and long lens, specializing in equine lifestyle photography.

Horses became an obsession in high school, she said. After meeting her best friend's horse, Miller immediately felt a connection with the animal.

"There was something about that horse that grounded me," she said.

Miller fell under the spell of the equine's grace and power.

"I like when they can be who they are," she said as she talked about her technique in tapping into the essence of her equine subjects from behind a camera lens.

Miller spent time at a California ranch, where she became very involved with ranch work and horses. There, she began snapping photographs while gaining experience and technique.

Much of Miller's work embodies the spirit of the West. Her coffee table book titled, "Strength" features breathtaking horse portraits. Miller's lens reveals not only the obvious beauty of the horse, but the personality as well.

"I moved to Prescott in 2001 from San Diego to recreate myself," Miller said and has been busy ever since with her Western fine art photography business as well as her side work repairing PC computers for the home and office.

The book and Miller's works are available at the Arts Prescott Gallery in downtown Prescott, on Whiskey Row. Miller is a member and co-owner of this co-op owned and operated by local artists.

"Every year, I complete a calendar that I sell at the gallery," Miller said.

The award-winning artist is available for private shoots and portraits. She has also worked with ranchers and equine centers for shows and events.

Miller's Western and equine fine art is on display at the Prescott Valley Public Library until August 6, 2015. For more information about the artist, visit www.JodyLMiller.com or call 928-533-1951.

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