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Portrait Of A Local Artist – Tim Burns

tim-burnsDurdle Door, Lulworth Cove and Kimmeridge are all beautiful locations that have frequently inspired Tim Burns,Tim-Burns-Widemouth-Bay who can often be found painting in-situ.

Tim has always been interested in art, having painted since his school days. “But during some periods I directed my energy exclusively on drawing, I have also worked in clay quite extensively,” he reveals.

In 1973 he took his Foundation Course at Medway College of Design. This sufficiently wetted his creative appetite driving him to take an art degree at West Surrey College of Art and Design in Farnham (now University of the Creative Arts).

Now living in Hampshire, Tim first exhibited in 1977 at the New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham. One year later one of his paintings was exhibited in the Royal Academy Summer Show.

“I then enjoyed my first one man show,” he recalls. “During the intervening years I taught art whilst maintaining my own work and exhibiting throughout that period. I retired from teaching in 2013 in order to work full time on my painting.”

Tim-Burns-Seaside-still-life-with-Ali's-bowlSince taking early retirement from teaching in 2013, Alton based Tim has been working mostly on marine Tim-Burns-Feathers-and-fruitlandscape and related still-life subjects often bringing both elements together in one painting.

“My work reflects the world around me, whether it be the places I visit, the contents of my fruit bowl, my ceramics collection or bits and pieces from the beach or garden,” he explains. “Each painting reflects an aspect of my world and many of them have their own story to tell. Whatever the subject of my work, be it on canvas, paper or driftwood each painting is another step on a journey. The subjects are traditional but I am picking my own path and the paintings document the course that I travel: literally and creatively.”

Tim regularly exhibits his work and he is a member of Creative Coverage.          www.timburns.co.uk