About the Artist

Artist's Statement and Bio

Artist's Statement


Deep within us, and often unconscious to us, are the patterns with which we live our lives. Many of our responses are determined by the patterns set deep in our brains, either reaffirmed or modified as we go through our lives. Much of the information we receive is visual; the eyes are a window to the brain. What we see both reflects and establishes these patterns. As our lives evolve, so do they.


In my work I explore patterns and relationships in order to bring these forth and make them conscious. I am particularly interested in patterns that are overlooked, both external, such as shadows, random splattering, juxtaposed plant forms, and internal, such as responses to color choices and shapes.


Some of my favorite subjects blur the lines between representational objects and abstraction. Tree branches when see against the winter sky can easily be either, obviously trees or obviously abstract patterns. Shadows cast by plants in a window or anything sharply defined by light are also simultaneously something recognizable and, in an altered context, something not so recognizable, hovering on the edge of familiarity, awaiting a new interpretation.




Joanne Burney has been doing art virtually all of her life. She was born in New York City. As a child she won several art contests, attended the prestigious High School of Music and Art, got her B.A. in Studio Arts from Queens College and won a scholarship to the Provincetown Art Workshop. Her teachers included many nationally and internationally recognized artists, among them James Brooks, John Ferren, Robert Birmelin, Louis K. Finkelstein and Charles Cajori.


She has lived in India and visited Japan. After returning to the United States she lived briefly in Wisconsin before coming to Colorado. She has shown her work in regional, national and international shows, among them the Pastel Society of America 30th Anniversary Exhibition, Best Contemporary Art, 2002, and the Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition. Her work is in the corporate collections of Anheuser Busch, Kodak West, and Woodward Governor, and in many private collections throughout the country from New York to Alaska.


She has taught for many years in New York, Wisconsin and Colorado, and now teaches at the Art Students League of Denver and conducts private classes and workshops. She is a member of the Pastel Society of America. She lives in Colorado.


Joanne Burney - Biography
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