Miranda Moss

Spirit Lands, 2019
Oil on Canvas
48 x 36 in (121.92 x 91.44 cm)
Miranda Moss

Sometimes, when painting, I think to myself, “how can I knock their socks off?” What colors should I choose? I love ALL colors and putting colors next to each other- like a matchmaker, interested in romance! Sometimes they are cool, sometimes hot – but if the match is right they are passionate and compelling. Lately, I’ve fallen for flowers and I try to bring a new view to their beauty.

Miranda received a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and has taught visual communications and design at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD). She has served on the advisory board of the Design management Institute and the Board of Directors of the University of Minnesota Goldstein Gallery and the Minnetonka Art Center for the Arts. Her paintings can be found in corporate headquarters and private collections throughout the US.


Miranda also had a career as a successful business owner in Minnesota for many years. Here is an excerpt from her entry in the Minnesota Women Business Owners Hall of Fame:

"Born in Washington, D.C., Miranda has always embraced change and innovation. At the age of 25, while working in the Dayton’s advertising department, Miranda started freelancing on the side as an artist/designer from her home-based studio. When she was 39 years old, her first business partner told her one day in 1979 that they were going to start a business and expand what she was doing at home. They added an additional partner, Hideki Yamamoto, who eventually became Miranda’s husband. When her original partner, who was the rainmaker, left the business, Miranda had to reinvent her company again. She retrenched and learned how to sell.

At its peak, Yamamoto Moss generated $12 million dollars in design fees (the equivalent to $120 million in an advertising agency) and 100 employees. For several years her firm was identified as one of the fastest growing companies in Minnesota. Her company occupied three buildings in the Minneapolis warehouse district. Yamamoto Moss, Inc. offered a full range of services: research and analysis, branding, communications design, interactive design, exhibition design and packaging. Miranda developed an innovative approach to expand the firm’s reach to develop global alliance partnerships with design firms in London, Tokyo, Singapore and China to service client needs in international communications. Major clients included 3M, Pillsbury, Royal Caribbean International, Allina, American Express, United Healthcare, General Mills, Northwest Airlines and Marshall Fields.

Miranda won the Minnesota Woman Business Owner of the Year award from NAWBO-MN in 1996. By the time she sold her company in 2007, Miranda had earned a nearly 30-year reputation as a world-class graphic designer. She had earned design awards from Print magazine, Design USA, Graphis, the One show, as well as an environmental design award from the city of Minneapolis."