Mila Sterling has drawn / painted / doodled since early childhood. Mila was first recognized as a budding artist by winning a Lite-Brite contest in preschool, creating an intricate picture of a turtle. Throughout her schooling her artistic skills continued to evolve, especially at UC Berkeley, where she was awarded a Maybelle Tooms art scholarship, granted an on-campus honors studio and voted to speak as valedictorian for her class.
Mila has developed a style in her oil paintings that can best be categorized as expressionist. Described as dark, moody and sensual by her audience, Mila’s artwork aims for a visceral, evocative response. She often paints from photographs (like one of her heroes, the late Francis Bacon.) Mila loves using wood as a base for its utilitarian and earthy feel, but also enjoys working with canvas, linen and various kinds of paper and vellum.Mila has lived in New York, San Francisco and Madrid and presently calls Downtown Los Angeles her home. She is currently working on a series of paintings on canvas and paper inspired by the remains of a fire in her neighborhood. She is available for commissions and is actively seeking gallery representation.