Miles began his extraordinary career in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where he studied sculpture and earned acclaim for his extraordinary talent. After returning to the U.S. in the early 1970s, Metzger pioneered the mining and use of soapstone after discovering large deposits in the California Sierra Nevada Mountain range. Metzger began showing his sculpture at fine art galleries, at the time Carmel’s leading gallery, Zantman’s. Today, Metzger sculpts in stone, bronze, wood, clay, and steel and his studio is located in the mining town of Mokelumne Hill, circa 1850. His largest public art work - heroic bronze sea lion family – is enjoyed by millions each year at the wharf in San Francisco.