© Kenneth G. Mills Foundation, Spring Promise. Acrylic on canvas, 30 x 36 inches.
To describe his approach to painting, Dr. Mills once said: “Once I start, I let the painting paint itself. The blank canvas is approached with expectation, and I wait to see what is to be revealed – not by stepping back to look at it while it is happening and not necessarily by thinking about it or critiquing it. The value of art is to stop your thought; thus, the great enjoyment is derived from being totally one with the creative act. What is important is to have art without the ‘-tist,’ or art with the patina of wonder. Art is living stopped for a moment of wonder.”
Kenneth Mills’ skillful, innovative use of acrylics in landscapes and florals drew many admirers, including artist Timothy Phillips, who was a student of Salvador Dalí, Pietro Annigoni, and Augustus John. His appreciation is evident by his words: “Dr. Mills’ paintings are full of metaphysical hints, hidden there the way Dali hides things. I love his paintings!”