McMillin was a professional ice skater before she switched to reverse glass painting. She was tired of the grueling hours on the ice and the travel; she wanted to set her own schedule, be home long enough to keep a plant alive.
Her work requires her to think in reverse; she has to begin with the last strokes on her piece. Besides paint, she uses whatever tape she has on hand, glue of every kind and woodstain to create her abstracts. Her inspiration comes from geometric shapes, especially lines.
Desiring to stand out from the usual canvas and paper paintings she chose glass for her surface. But the real reason she chose glass is that it offered her the look she loves of a clear coat of varnish. Perhaps it’s a nod to the ice she skated on for so many years.