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Conversations with Angela Burns

Today we’d like to introduce you to Angela Burns.

Hi Angela, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
Yes absolutely. I’m an impressionist artist who paints landscapes, florals, and people, and I’ve been painting professionally for 12+ years. My interest in Impressionist art started when I was very young.

By the age of 4, I had made up my mind to be an artist when I grew up. I feel blessed to be one of the lucky few that followed that dream through college, my MFA, and later into a professional art career. As a kid, my mother took me to art museums all over the world, and the Impressionists were my favorites—I always sort of gravitated toward their paintings.

What I really loved about their style was how their paintings made me feel—simultaneously calm and energized. Each painting was like a little escape into a beautiful new world. Like the Impressionists, I find a lot of my inspiration from nature, and you’ll see that show up in my paintings.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I would say some of both—it’s been easy and hard. I’ve always had a natural knack for art, and a love for learning and improving, so those things have helped me a lot. I’m also a bit of a self-starter, and that has helped me over the years as I have worked with galleries, art shows, etc.

I think anyone who is self-employed will tell you that the road is not easy and each day presents new challenges, and I’d agree with that 100%. As your own boss, it can feel difficult to know when you have done enough for that day. Maybe the biggest challenge in my art career (but also my greatest joy!) has been the birth of my 3 daughters.

It’s an ongoing challenge figuring out how to balance all of that: how to ensure my kids are getting their needs met well while still prioritizing my collectors and clients.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m an impressionist artist whose work captures the beauty of people and places with a dreamlike quality and expressive, textural technique.

A lot of my work focuses on slowing down to enjoy nature (peaceful landscapes, expressive florals, and paintings of people experiencing the wonder of nature). I think we all need more space in our lives these days to slow down and really enjoy things, and I’m glad my art gets to be a source of that for people in their homes or businesses.

I feel humbled and so happy to have been serving collectors for many years and to have my work published and awarded nationally and internationally.

My paintings are available for sale on my website (www.angelaburnsfineart.com), and I also do special orders, as my schedule allows, for people that have a favorite place, flower, etc. They want to be painted.

Can you talk to us a bit about happiness and what makes you happy?
So many things. Enjoying natural beauty, having space to slow down, and watching my children enter into the wonder of things to name a few.

All these things find a way into my art—my art is sort of a union of the things that bring me pleasure and getting to share that with others. I’m happiest when I’m not stressed and when I’m creating art.

I want my home to have restful, beautiful energy to it, and I make art for people that want to surround themselves with those things—peace, beauty, and inspiration.

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