In 1984, Jim Burns redirected much of his energy from architecture to watercolor paintings, and has received high acclaim from art show jurists, art teachers and his peers. Mr. Burns has benefited from high quality instruction and inspiration from fine artists such as Gerald Brommer, Don O'Neill, Milford Zornes, the late Robert Landry and Jack Sheppard. Early art training was highly influenced by the late great Sam Hyde Harris in the World War II years, and by the famed architectural illustrator Siegfried Knop in the 1960's.
Jim Burns is a member of Mid-Valley Arts League and San Gabriel Fine Arts Association and exhibited at Art-A-Fair in Laguna Beach in 1987 and 1988. Mr. Burns' studio is in his home in Pasadena, where most of his paintings are done. On-location paintings and photographs from travel, field trips and workshops form a majority of visual information for his paintings, although imagination has recently proven to be a successful source of subject matter. Jim Burns' paintings are typically "easy to live with" representations of natural beauty and man in harmony with creation, and are not painted to evoke an emotionally stressful response. It is so much more rewarding to Jim to concentrate on the beautiful aspects of our world, and to try to capture the essence of each subject in positive terms.
Since 1991, Jim Burns has found great enjoyment in judging art shows and through teaching his painting skills and through demonstrations to art groups. Jim feels so greatly blessed by the inspired guidance he has received, and is doubly blessed through sharing his abilities with others.