Mila Sterling has been a professional artist since her graduation from UC Berkeley in 1995. After completing the UC Extension graphics program in 2000 she began working fulltime as a graphic designer at various companies throughout California before her transition to freelancing in late 2002.
Originally from Manhattan, Ms. Sterling has lived in San Francisco and Madrid and presently calls Los Angeles her home.
Primarily considering herself an expressionist painter, Ms. Sterling creates pieces that interpret and transform rather than imitate. Her work aims to evoke a visceral response to a subject, whether that subject is an abstraction, a figure, or the practice of painting itself. She often uses photographs she has taken herself as a foundation for her paintings.
Most of Ms. Sterling’s design background has been in entertainment print graphics with an emphasis on key art. In 2006 she expanded her repertoire to include business identity systems and web design.