Richard Edward Miller studied at the St. Louis School of Fine Art and received a scholarship that allowed him to attend the Acadamie Julian in 1898. However, he left the Acadamie Julian in 1901 to teach at the rival Acadamie Colarossi. Miller was among the American Impressionist painters working in Giverny and was one of the few invited to meet at Monet's house to paint, critique and socialize. By the age of 35 Miller had been distinguished with many awards and honors including becoming a member of the French Legion of Honor, a gold medal from the Paris Salon and had work purchased for the National Collection.
Miller left France just before the outbreak of WWI and settled briefly in St. Louis before accepting a teaching position at the Stickney School in Pasadena CA, in 1915. Miller's compositions were solid yet gracefully constructed with interesting lighting effects. He said that he wanted his work to be hung in "modern homes, urban apartments and country cottages" versus in a public museum.