Fiona Millais' work is focused primarily on landscapes. Striving to create a sense of journey in her paintings, by which she relates the physical experience of moving through the landscape as well as changes brought on the land by the passing of time, her paintings have a layered, indistinct quality. The forms of the land are often simply rendered in broad brush strokes, semi-abstracted shapes, patterns and lines indicate fields, wooded areas and mountains in the distance, at times contrasted with more detailed studies of flowers or natural objects found on her walks. She often travels to her favourite places near her home in Surrey with her dog, collecting leaves or stones as visual reminders for her future pieces. The objects act as touchstones to a more personal journey as she paints places that are meaningful to her but also reflecting the natural rhythms of the land, and sometimes focusing on the human imprint on the landscape. She says:
"I love the connection between the natural rhythms of the land and how it reflects our presence or the lack of it. The way that landscapes are shaped by ourselves and our ancestors, leaving marks and echoes through time."
She often works on several pieces at once, exploring and developing her ideas through a continuous collection of paintings. Her use of layering over already painted work brings out the idea that the land is never fixed into one solid structure. It is in fact ever changing and always unique - perfectly reflecting her style.
Fiona Millais studied fine art at The University of Newcastle and graduated in 1984. She is also the great-granddaughter of the Pre-Raphaelite painter, Sir John Everett Millais.