Already in the early works of Milles there are elements of the landscape, for example, in Ophelia. But it was not until the 1870s that the artist turned to landscape as an independent genre. Most often, he was inspired by the views of his beloved Scotland, now John Milles is not already pursuing beauty and precise elaboration of details.
Sometimes on his canvases – “Birnam Valley”, 1891, “Scottish Pines”, “Mani Streaming Murmurs” – dull, wild corners or even wastelands appear. Such pictures open Milles from a completely different, unfamiliar to the general public side.