photo courtesy Shelley McPherson
About Chuck Burns
"My paintings derive from personal experiences with the people in my life, places I've been, nature, animals or the everyday objects around me.
My interest in art began at an early age. Even before I could read I would pour through encyclopedias and art books awed by the great masters and their realistic imagery of heroic figures and animals. How could they create something that lifelike? How did they manage to tell a whole story with a single image? I would study these pictures for hours. I knew then that I wanted to become an artist. Drawing and anatomy became my passion, a passion I've pursued my entire life."
Chuck Burns was born in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island. While he was still quite young his family moved to Sault Ste. Marie in Northern Ontario where he was raised. It was at Sault College that he began his formal art training. Currently Chuck lives near the village of Bobcaygeon in the heart of Ontario's beautiful Kawartha Lakes district.
For over forty years Chuck has been conducting painting and drawing workshops and seminars across Canada and the United States. In that time he has continuously juried, co-ordinated and participated in countless art exhibitions and symposiums at both local and national levels. Chuck Burns is a former director / curator of the Lindsay Gallery and is an elected member and past president of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour. His acrylic and watercolour paintings can be found in private, corporate and public collections throughout the world. These collections include H.R.H. the Prince of Wales, Trent University, Sault College, Fleming College and the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour's National Collection at the Peel Gallery in Brampton, Ontario.