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 Judaic Art is all about sacred intention.
She lives and works in Tucson, Arizona where she specializes in clients and interior designers who need custom artwork for luxury homes. She has exhibited her work for the past 20 years 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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Face to face

September 6th, 2013

On these, the holiest days of the year for Jewish people worldwide, I wanted to share the essence of one sermon that really resonated with me: the importance of face to face. We live in a new world of advanced communication...ah, the irony that tex... 

Anonymity and your collectors

September 4th, 2013

This morning I read an article about the importance of telling your personal story as an artist in order to increase sales. It got me thinking about the way it used to be ( face to face) and the way it is now ( all sales over the internet) and I hav... 


September 3rd, 2013

This morning, as I was responding to a comment left on one of my newest photographic compilations, I realized that I have an addiction..a healthy one! In all of my years woroking as a professional fine artist, I can count on one hand the times that ... 

Aaron Brothers Sale

September 2nd, 2013

Amazing sale today, Labor Day, September 2, 2013 on stretched canvases....... THREE for the price of one! You read that right...THREE. This sale is unheard of...their next best deal is second canvas for a penny in July and January. Today only! 

On many occasions, a client will send me the finished installation of the art they purchased from me. Most often than not, I don't know what their home or office looks like. I love when the client owns a piece of the vision as well. This photograp... 

Use the above link to check it out! 

Labor Day break from work

August 31st, 2013

To all my friends and colleagues who have worked hard this year, enjoy your day off on Monday. .If you are self employed, PLEASE take the time off; it is needed. You will come back refreshed and ready to have at it once again! 

To all of my Phoenix friends

August 30th, 2013

The exhibition "Show and Tell" at the Herberger in downtown Phoenix, has been extended through October 7th to enable those attending the Festival of the Arts to enjoy. Please stop by! 

Avinu Malkeinu...Our Father, Our King Our Father our King, there is no other king but You. Our Father our King, do with us for your name’s sake… Our Father our King, hear our voice… Our Father our King, inscribe us in the book of life. Our Fathe... 

Going the extra mile...

August 28th, 2013

In a previous blog about creating satisfied customers, I mentioned going the extra mile. Believe me, you will never regret it. Every client you have is potentially a client for life. One good experience and successful sale will lead to another and... 

The problem with LinkedIn

August 27th, 2013

My circles of friends, acquaintances and colleagues on LinkedIn are filled with fellow artists. I had had high hopes for a more professional connection that was less social than FB, twitter and the like. Sadly, I am getting endorsed for skills I do... 

In my continuing efforts to help non-professional artists starting out in the business world, I'd like to tackle the following topic today: You are only as good as the company you keep. Some young artists ( not chronologically young, by the way) ar... 

In a continuing effort to help you wise up, follow the "more information" link to read the full article posting by Regina Valluzi in the faa forum this morning. There has been SO muchtalk about the validity of the following: * Websites offering... 

This morning, I have reviewed an artist's bio and a legal contract from a company soliciting my work. Spelling errors should not have been present in anything I read. The artist has a "long porppholio" and the contract had too many spelling and g... 

We all want them, we all need them, but do we all know what to do to create them? For starters, be professional. If you want to be treated seriously, then act the part! You won't get any brownie points for playing the other one is impres... 

Then you must take your art seriously! Whether you are full time or part time or trying to work your art into full time, you MUST hone your craft DAILY! This is your chosen life's work....don't give it less than it deserves. A life where you've fi... 

Being commissioned by a friend

August 21st, 2013

Many of us have been there....and many of us would rather hang themselves than go there! A few rules and whys.... 1. Be very clear at the start, that this is not a 'gift.' You are an artist and you are paid for your work. Friends can have nice dis... 

Time and time again, I see young artists starting out that would be best served by utilizing the plethora of resources to learn about the elements of good design. Instead, they choose to "ignore the rules" while they create in an 'anything goes' mod... 

Sincere thanks to my newest collector who has put together eight of my Judaic series images on paper and canvas. The well thought out grouping will look sensational altogether! As an artist's aside, as I painted each of these paintings, I never sto... 

Shipping large artwork

August 11th, 2013

Heads up...FedEx and UPS have limits on package sizes....165" total of L x 2H x 2W. Greyhound and other bus freights do as well.... After that, it is considered freight. You then have to your package as LTL (Less than truckload) and fine art most ... 


August 9th, 2013

marlene burns EDUCATION: 1971 M.A. University of Cincinnati, School of Design, Architecture and Art 1970 B.F.A. University of Cincinnati, School of Design, Architecture and Art ... 

Enhanced giclees

August 2nd, 2013

I am enhancing giclees that are considerably larger than the original. The results are amazing...take a look! Is it real or is it memorex? 

Still have things to learn

July 31st, 2013

I've been in business for over 40 years and just last week, one of my clients who hired me to do a private commission, came up with a marvelous suggestion. The painting is really big....48"x60"x2.5" and they are redecorating around the painting....t... 

Contemplating Redux

July 27th, 2013

This week I have been recreating an old old that I forgot her original 'old birdie' it is for now. She was originally painted in the late 80s when I was first repped in art galleries. I assumed that when I returned to her, so m... 

The Arizona Sun

July 26th, 2013

has disappeared....I guess I'm spoiled having it shine over 350 days a year BUT, I count on it to light my studio! Where areeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu, Mr . Sunshine?????? 

No iphone art for me

July 23rd, 2013

I am a fine artist. I don't want to see my fine art on iphone cases, coffee mugs, magnets or the like. If you love my work, invest in a fine art original or a fine art reproduction on a variety of materials to suit your needs and budget. 

I am relatively new to printing giclées of my original paintings. I have held fast to the opinion that copies of the original somehow cheapen the value of the original. Out of respect for the owner of a painting, I didn't do fine art reproduction.... 

Do you stand or sit

July 22nd, 2013

This isn't a guy/girl question, lol... I am presently working on a canvas too large for my easel. I'm a little girl...can't reach the top of the 5' canvas if it's propped on my easel... For the first time IN MY LIFE, i am sitting down to paint...i... 

What a wonderful surprise to wake up to this morning....three of my pieces of art on metal are now being carried by! WOO HOO! 

I am thrilled to announce that this photographic triptych is a finalist in the Photographer's Forum Magazine's Annual Photography Contest. Winner will be announced in 3 weeks. There were over 10,000 submissions. Not bad for a painter using an iphon... 

Heaven Im in Heaven

July 19th, 2013

Tomorrow morning, I've got a new canvas being delivered....48"x60"x 2.5" Not since my gallery days ( when I was paid per square inch) have I painted this large...and OH how I miss it!! Can hardly wait to get this commission rolling..... 

How sad

July 18th, 2013

This is not the first time that a client who has found me at this POD site has contacted me directly to let me know that the system isn't working properly....prices are missing, products have disappeared, bad gateways have blocked images altogether. ... 

I cannot bring this message home professional in your business dealings! Paypal is a guaranteed way to transfer funds...they offer free invoicing that allows you to customize your is sent electronically and the funds appe... 

When It Rains, It Pours

July 14th, 2013

I have been in business for over 40 years. During that time, I have tried to chart my busy times of the year, to better plan for marketing and scheduling my time. You'd think certain times of the year, based on vacations, holidays, etc would either ... 

Once again, leaving town brings good business news....I have been chosen for a one woman show of my paintings for the 2013-2014 Visual Arts Season at the Arizona State University, Gammage Arts Center. Dates and length of show to follow.... 

I have been traveling for the past several weeks and, without exception, business booms when i am away. I was contacted in what most in the forum would consider, a scammer. He asked about the availability of a particular painting in a very large pr... 

Thank you, FAA

June 28th, 2013

Thanks to FAA for the exposure. I am selling an original painting to a client in California who found me via a google search. "Old Birdie" was the last painting I did as an abstract artist using a deconstructed image of birdness. After that, I jump... 


June 19th, 2013

Looks like I'm getting honored, referenced, quoted, pix being uploaded, etc a lot this week in the faa forum. I cannot defend, explain or engage....please just ask me first if I care to be involved in the banter.... probably not. it's the middle of ... 

My sincere thanks....

June 18th, 2013

Special thanks to all who are posting comments in the thread about my newest video.....I have read each and every one. To all, I am humbled by your lovely remarks....keep following me and I promise not to disappoint! 

Nine Months Of Work.....

June 18th, 2013

I've been away from the forum on faa for 9 that time, that i probably would have blown off socializing, I've accomplished the following: 1 calendar 2 books 3 videos 1 in depth interview 1 feature article on my art 3 licenses 6 news... 

I just discovered the illegal use of this copyrighted image on a youtube video. The good news is that youtube has a relatively easy way to deal with such theft....just fill out a copyright infringement form and the video will be removed with MY copy... 

I'm so pleased to announce that two of my photographic diptychs have been juried into the Herberger Theater and Center Art Exhibition to take place from July 12 through September 1, 2013. If anyone in the Phoenix area is interested in more info on ... 

Keep planting seeds

May 24th, 2013

You know the old adage "Don't put all of your eggs in one basket" I'm still here ( though not visible in the forum) to let you know that you have to keep reaching out, exploring what is available on the internet, get a foot in the door, apply for gr... 

Just when I think I shall stay in one place and continue to explore, my creative juices flow into a new arena. This week, I am still in hybrid mode...blending unlikelies together...but I am, using pix of my grandchildren ( in their most expressive m... 

Whenever I leave town....

April 23rd, 2013

exciting things happen! Shortly before I left to go visit my mom in Ohio, I applied to 3 shows in Arizona and two grants featuring my exploration as an abstract artist into photography. I'm thrilled to be getting such positive feedback from my fell... 

Passover Greetings

March 23rd, 2013

Chag Kasher V'Sameach to all of my friends who are celebrating the time of our liberation, the festival of matzot. I sincerely hope you don't get too bogged down with kitchen cleaning and cooking to remember what it is all about.... AVADIM HAYINU ... 

International Recognition

March 15th, 2013

This has been quite a year for recognition and licensing of my images. Hree's a picture of the latest...the cover and back of the Akdamot Journal of Jewish Thought, published by Beit Morasha of Jerusalem, Israel. The cover is on the right side and ... 

Earning a living from your art isn't is hard is doing without some very basic needs to buy supplies instead. It is believing in yourself when you aren't getting any pats on the back or bucks in your wallet. It is trying eve... 

Exclusive licensing

March 7th, 2013

I am pleased to announce that my painting," Kol Dichfin", has won the Aleph:Alliance for Jewish Renewal Passover contest. Licensed exclusively to Aleph:Alliance for Jewish Renewal- 2/26/13-2/25/16 ACCOMPANYING TEXT: KOL DICHFIN... 

I am pleased to announce that this painting "PURIM:Feast of Lots" will be the covered image for the holiday issues of the following newspapers in New York this week: The Jewish Tribune, The Manhattan Jewish Sentinel and the Long Island Jewish World. ... 

Any Way You Slice It

February 13th, 2013

For those of you following my work, my latest offerings in youtube video form. I am blending slices of my abstract paintings and photography and arranging them in new compilations that are pretty outrageous, any way you slice it! enjoy! SLICES 

Marlene Burns is pleased to present her Kavanah Press Collection of Judaic paintings, based on Jewish prayers, blessings, proverbs, psalms and holidays. There are 23 paintings in this collection to date. Marlene, an American artist, internationally... 

Really seeing

February 4th, 2013

It's easy to "see' when there's obvious color to tempt our senses, but an artist has an obligation to report what he "sees" when the obvious is hidden. I have spent the last 15 months chronicling the streets of various cities, looking for the beauty... 

Mimicking My Painting Process

January 27th, 2013

This topic would be better suited for the forum, but, alas....I cannot participate. I wanted to share with those of you who are experimenting in other mediums, what I am discovering by doing the same. About a year ago, I began to use a 

Kol Aleph is the voice of the Aleph Alliance....Jewish Renewal. In their newsletter, my work will be a regular. This month, my Sh'ma painting and accompanying text was featured "Marlene Burns offers a beautiful image and meditation on Shma- listeni... 

You should always be planting seeds.....keep your art out there in public view. I am finally happy to announce that some of my images are up and for sale at and many of my images of paintings and photographs will be available as f... 


December 19th, 2012

Many of you know that I have been messing around with a camera in addition to a paintbrush. Earlier this year I entered a photography contest for abstract images in Vermont and won a place in the show of 30 images from 1400 entrants. Yesterday, I m... 

In response to the moderator opening a christmas only thread in the forum, those who celebrate other religious holidays have been left out. Chanukah and christmas have one thing in common...most years they fall in december. next year, Chanukah will ... 

Happy Chanukah

December 14th, 2012

Happy Chanukah to all of my friends on FAA who kindle the lights of the menorah. May the light shine brightly for you all year, with love, happiness and good health! And don't forget to look for those miracles, however small and quiet they may be. 

Marlene Burns is pleased to announce that she has produced a Google CURRENTS online magazine edition for all who follow her work. Get the latest updates on her body of work, as well as contact information, her bio and resumé, videos, interview and p... 

November 22, 1963

November 22nd, 2012

it's been 49 years...where were you? 

Marlene Burns and Kavanah Press are thrilled to announce that "Kol Aleph", the voice of Aleph:Alliance for Jewish Renewal , has chosen her painting "MODIM:Prayer of Thanks" to highlight in the November newsletter online! The image and text was dist... 

Marlene Burns is pleased to announce that this painting "MODIM: Prayer of Thanks" will be the covered image for the holiday issues of the following newspapers in New York next week: The Jewish Tribune, The Manhattan Jewish Sentinel and the Long Islan... 

The calendar is here

November 12th, 2012

Marlene Burns has just completed her 2013 calendar, featuring an exciting collection of her hybrid images. These images were created by pairing her abstract expressionist paintings with her abstract photography. The results are pHOTography! You ca... 

Marlene Burns is pleased to offer Calendars based on her Judaic series of paintings entitled "sacred Intention." Each painting, in full color shows in am impressive size, suitable for framing. Personalization is also available! Contact Marlene at i... 

I just finished publishing my latest book of the hybrid images created by pairing my abstract paintings with my abstract photographs. Enjoy! p HOTography BOOK Preview 

Delray Beach Adventure

November 2nd, 2012

I just returned from Delray Beach and have posted a dozen or so images of my findings as I wandered through this oceanside town in Florida. I have created a new gallery and all the images can be found there. Enjoy! 

MODIM Prayer of Thanksgiving

October 25th, 2012

Check out my prayer of Thanksgiving...'MODIM' Accompanying translation and teaching: Modim Prayer of Thanks “We gratefully thank You, for it is You, Adonai, Our G-d and G-d of our forefathers for all eternity; Rock of our lives, Shield of... 

I am thrilled to post the completed body of work in my p HOTography series, blending my abstract expressionistic paintings with my abstract photography. Neither the paintings were created to match the photographs nor the photographs taken to mat... 

Two Weeks Left

October 23rd, 2012

exercise your right to vote. 

Part two of my hybrid collection of abstract expressionist paintings and abstract photographs!  

INTERVIEW click on the link "INTERVIEW" to read! 

Contact Info

October 19th, 2012

my faa e mail is not working. so many have written to me and i cannot please contact me at trust me, i am NOT ignoring your requests and check ins! xo m 

create a hybrid called J HOTography. enjoy!  

Creating Vs Forum And Chatting

October 7th, 2012

I just got my weekly stats and my viewership and comments have tripled since i left the forum. has my creative output increased in the past month? you bet! leads me to only one conclusion..... i love hearing from so many privately and thanks to ... 

Marlene Burns is pleased to share with you a video of her first offerings of her hybrid images, combining abstract expressionist paintings with her abstract photography. Enjoy!  

p HOTography continued

October 5th, 2012

i have been asked if i preplanned these images....the answer is no. some of the paintings used are 25 years old. my avocation of snapping pictures is less than a year...but an artist's eye is an artist's eye! 

p HOTography

October 3rd, 2012

Marlene Burns is thrilled to announce a new direction that she has named pHOTography. An abstract expressionist painter, Marlene has been exploring abstract photography in the past year. She has finally created a hybrid, by blending her paintings a... 

Marlene Burns Publishes A New Abstract Photography Book Entitled CONSTRUCTION Tucson, AZ - September 28th, 2012 Artist Marlene Burns is pleased to announce that she has published the next book in her series of abstract street photography, entit... 

Marlene Burns is pleased to announce that her abstract painting for the High Holy Days 5773 AVINU MALKEINU, has been chosen to be the holiday cover for the following Jewish newspapers in New York: The Jewish sentinel, the Jewish Tribune and The Jewi... 

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The streets of Coronado Island

August 27th, 2012

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August 27th, 2012

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