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Marlene Burns - Fine Artist

Marlene Burns

Tucson, AZ - United States








Marlene Burns

Tucson, AZ - United States

Marlene Burns - Fine Artist

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Marlene offers an exciting, expressive, experimental and exceptional body of work! She doesn't like to categorize herself, but like those of the abstract expressionist movement, she plays with color, edgy design and mixed media to produce art that befits the process. Her newest series of Urban Abstracts, where she 'paints' with pieces of her abstract photographs taken in various cities, is the most exciting series of her career.
She lives and works in Tucson, Arizona where she specializes in clients and interior designers who need custom artwork for luxury homes. Her work has been exhibited from California to New York, most notably in Santa Fe.
Marlene Burns is a double degreed professional artist, with both her bachelor's and master degrees from the University of Cincinnati, School of Design, Architecture and Art.
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The most blatant difference between creating as a painter and as a photographer is what to do with the end product. For the last several years, I haven't added to my stack of canvases and have only been accepting private commissions that get shipped... 

Image Editors

February 21st, 2016

In the past week, it has come to my attention that Google's Picasa program is going to be abandoned in lieu of Google Photos. I guess it was inevitable since the former hasn't been updated in years and the average person taking photos for social me... 

Valentines Day Special

February 14th, 2016

A holiday created around cards, flowers, chocolates....blah, blah, blah. Forget about who you love today, or how important it is to the companies who manufacture the above mentioned items. Let's talk about WHAT you love. If you are an authentic, p... 

A Muse?

February 10th, 2016

I have often been asked what or who is my muse. Quite frankly, it was never more than a passing thought. I face the process of creating art as my job. As a student in University, I got up early in the morning and worked at honing my craft all day.... 

What is your challenge?

February 3rd, 2016

What are the chances that you will produce something that has never been done before? Most likely, slim. That said, the process that fuels this challenge is probably the most exciting of all for artists, inventors and the like. ... 

Getting back on topic, I'd like to share with you some of the many ways I put images together. In the beginning, I was thinking of posters. I made them of different cities with little thought to how each image related to the ones it bordered. Th... 

I'm dedicating this blog post in honor of Lisa who stopped by with a comment on my last post. In case you missed it, I spoke of being able to remove something that was really terrific from your composition if it wasn't working with the other elements... 

Although I mentioned "painting" with slices of photographs, I didn't understand at the time, that that was what I was doing. In my mind, I was still just enjoying the challenge of grouping images together. Specifically, what I didn't understand was... 

I had a daily reminder that the construction was coming. Our only access in and out of the subdivision was attended by some flag boys, who were going to become my friends in the coming years. The streets were being sprayed with just about every col... 

Slicing became a fun exercise but a short lived one. I continued to pair two images together and then study parts of them to see what would fit. I turned to the capabilities of my computer more and more often. I began to adjust sizes, so that lines... 

It's time for another commercial break. Today I launched a new website dedicated to my ever growing collection of urban abstract photographs. At the website you will see both single and compilation images. All shop links head back to for... 

At the time that I began to pair paintings with photographs, I couldn't put into words what I was doing. Most days it was just a challenge...and a fun one at that. Regardless of my thought process, I marveled at how consistent my eye had been for mo... 

Back from the commercial break. I hope you enjoyed going through my latest book, page by page. Picking up from where I left off..... My realization was that whether I was painting a large canvas or finding abstracts on the city streets, my eye was... 

Time for a commercial break.... The bad news is that the flu can hurl a major monkey wrench in your pre holiday plans. The good news is that it's a great opportunity to put together your next book! In recent weeks, my photographic compilations ha... 

I have read countless blogs about how a photographer prepares for the perfect shot....the lighting, the equipment and timing. I was also taking pictures, but to be honest, none of the above were my concern. I'd see something on a walk or pull the c... 

The rest of my trip to NYC was spent looking down. Luckily, my partner and guardian angel, chose to hold onto me, stop traffic and even point out some excellent oil stains, cracks and funky sidewalks. It never hurts to be with a man who has an arti... 

Am I guilty that I am a life long, professional painter and haven't picked up a brush in a year? Nope. I welcome you to take a peak at my journey as an ever evolving artist, honing my craft daily. I am still in process, but have come to realize th...