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Australian Artist on US TV Series


Burns joins “Put Some Colour in Your Life” and shows us what her art feels like in this must-see episode


“It’s really difficult to talk about nature.  I think that’s because we feel nature and we smell nature and in some ways that’s sort of like art, too.  It’s hard to talk about art, it’s something that we feel … I try and paint that feeling” – Stephanie Burns on “Put Some Colour in Your Life”.

Australian artist, Stephanie Burns, has led a fascinating life and with that, a fascinating career has evolved.  She joined “Put Some Colour in Your Life” (debuted August 10th) to take us on her wonderful journey as she paints.  As she tells her story – from living in Exmouth as a child and experiencing the red desert meeting the blue sea, to falling in love and moving to England and California and returning home to Australia – it is how she eloquently describes how she finds her inspiration that is most intriguing.

As she speaks (with host Graeme Stevenson from her Hollywood studio), she is masterfully creating a scene she remembers (with the help of an image) of Long Beach, California.  Although she is able to utilise technology, such as Google Earth, to help spark memories, she feels she “really has to have been there” for her to paint a scene and for her artwork to emote joy.

“A lot of artists have tragedy and despair locked down.  My paintings are about joy”, she says.

Stephanie has been studying art for over 30 years.  For her, inspiration is drawn from nature and the natural world and for her, it’s always about water.  Working with both acrylics and oils, she has had a decorated career, including being the recipient of the Waverley Art Prize three times.  Not only does Stephanie exhibit and sell her art around the world, she also creates fine fabrics – printing her divine artwork and creating clothing and decor  – she also commissions her art.

Stephanie’s episode of “Put Some Colour in Your Life” is now LIVE on Youtube and can be viewed at:

To find out more about her journey and her art go to the About Page.

To find out more about her fabrics and commissions :

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Imagination and Identity

Venice Beach, Stephanie Burns, artist, painting, oil, seascape, california, iconic

“Human beings live in the realm of nature, they are constantly surrounded by it and interact with it. The most intimate part of nature in relation to man is the biosphere, the thin envelope embracing the earth, its soil cover, and everything else that is alive. Our environment, although outside us, has within us not only its image, as something both actually and imaginatively reflected, but also its material energy and information channels and processes. This presence of nature in an ideal, materialised, energy and information form in man’s Self is so organic that when these external natural principles disappear, man himself disappears from life. If we lose nature’s image, we lose our life.” Karl Marx

The Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach, Luna Park, Monkey Mia, The Royal Crescent in Bath and Long Beach California have all been major subjects of my paintings. Very often great buildings take part in the juxtaposition of man and nature. The greater the interest we have between the nature and the man-made elements the more it invades our imagination and speaks directly to our sense of self our identity.

If you would like a painting of an iconic place surrounded by water contact me by filling out the form below.

Stephanie Burns, Mollymook Beach
Stephanie Burns Mollymook Beach 2014
Acrylic on canvas
102 x 153 cm
© Stephanie Burns
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Stephanie Burns Crampton Island 2014
Oil on canvas
91 x 152 cm SOLD
© Stephanie Burns
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Stephanie Burns Sydney Opera House 2014
Acrylic on canvas painting
102 x 214 cm
© Stephanie Burns
Stephanie Burns, Luna Park, Sydney
Stephanie Burns Luna Park Sydney 2014
Acrylic on canvas
198 x 198 cm
© Stephanie Burns
Stephanie Burns, Big Lagoon Shark Bay WA 2013 Acrylic on canvas 200 x 215 cm  SOLD © Stephanie Burns
Stephanie Burns, Big Lagoon Shark Bay WA 2013
Acrylic on canvas
200 x 215 cm
© Stephanie Burns
Stephanie Burns Migaloo Jumping 2015 Oil on canvas 110 x 180 cm SOLD © Stephanie Burns
Stephanie Burns Migaloo Jumping 2015
Oil on canvas
110 x 180 cm
© Stephanie Burns
Stephanie Burns, Two Artists and a Writer
Stephanie Burns, Two Artists and a Writer 2012
Acrylic on board
30 x 40 cm
© Stephanie Burns
Long Beach, California by Stephanie Burns 2016
Long Beach, California by Stephanie Burns 2016
Oil on canvas
36 x 48 inches
© Stephanie Burns
Stephanie Burns, The Cove 2011 Acrylic on canvas, 101.5 x 152 cm SOLD
Stephanie Burns, The Cove 2011
Acrylic on canvas, 101.5 x 152 cm SOLD

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Mammoths at Long Beach

Mammoths at Venice Beach, Stephanie Burns

When I first went to LA in 1982, my father booked us into a hotel next to the La Brea Tar Pits. I remember looking out the window and being amazed that there were mammoths in what looked like a swamp below. Since then I have been very intrigued by the idea of Los Angeles in the Pleistocene age and how it changed from a forest teaming with wildlife, into the desert it is today. I began to imagine what their world must have looked like since then. When I was out on the pier at Long Beach and looked back at the land with the few palm trees I could see dotted among the apartment buildings I thought that the height of the buildings was probably the same as the forest that was once their and in my minds eye I would see the forest and the Mammoths on the beach.

The Columbian Mammoth is the only species of mammoth found in LA and was excavated in 1914. The more common American Mastodon also lived in Los Angeles during the Pleistocene age. Mastodons differ from mammoths by their smaller size and lower crowned ridged teeth. Mastodons in Rancho La Brea tend to be smaller than those found in other areas. There are the remains of 15 individuals and at least one baby in the Museum and excavations continue today.

Many scientists believe that these great creatures became extinct from over hunting, but there are 3 million bones in the La Brea Tar Pits Museum and none of them are human.

Mammoths at Long Beach has been brewing in my imagination for over 30 years. I hope you like the painting and that it does justice to these great creatures and the world they lived in up until 10,000 years ago.

Mammoths at Long Beach by Stephanie Burns
Mammoths at Long Beach by Stephanie Burns 2016
Oil on canvas
36 x 48 in
© Stephanie Burns

If you would like to receive the free link to the upcoming TV program where I paint Long Beach on “Colour In Your Life” or you are interested in buying this painting, fill out the form below and I will get back to you.

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Painting the moon

I worked on this moon painting today. #aquaburns

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Colour Harmony

“No doubt there are a thousand different ways of working with colour. But when one composes with it, like a musician with harmonies, it is simply a question of emphasising the differences.” Matisse, edited Jack D Flam, Matisse on Art. #artquote #henrimatisse #colourharmony #stephanieburns

Odalisque by Stephanie Burns
Odalisque by Stephanie Burns 1999, Collage

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On Beauty

“The sacred and the beautiful stand side by side – two doors that open on to a single space, and in that space we find our home” – Roger Scruton, Why Beauty Matters #artquotes #aesthetics #sketchbook
My sketch of an Ingres painting done 30 years ago in front of the painting. 

Sketch of Ingres painting by Stephanie Burns
Sketch of Ingres painting by Stephanie Burns 1988
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As their youth returns the women play with their hair, frolic and caress each other and are generally being seductive

Over the past seven years I have created twenty aerial paintings inspired by Bondi Beach in Sydney. Most of the scenes depict the north end of Bondi where there are rock pools, rocky outcrops and a park.

The first painting “Ten All” was a real scene, evidently there were a group of blokes who, once a year get together to play table tennis in the rock pool at the north end of the beach. I saw an image of this on google maps all those years ago and it inspired me to free my imagination and allow for the most fanciful stories to be created in paint.

For example the Fountain of Youth series which combines the painting by Lucas Cranach the Elder which I saw and studied in Berlin in 1999 and the rock pool at the end of Bondi Beach. In Cranach’s painting the old women are being wheeled to the pool in carts and on wheelbarrows by men who appear to be much younger. As they slide into the pool and move gingerly towards the fountain they begin to transform. As their youth returns the women play with their hair, frolic and caress each other and are generally being seductive. They come out of the pool and go into the tent to get dressed then join their lovers behind the bushes or for a stroll or a picnic in the park. Update to the 21st century and in my painting the old ladies limp towards the pool, one of them is being wheeled in a chair. As they approach they drop their canes in a pile and are helped into the pool by burley young men. As they regain their youth they cavort and do all sort of gymnastics as they move towards the steps at the other end. One of the young women is with her lover on the ocean side of the pool. But, in the 21st century the women have far more important and adventurous things to do with their youth and they set off into the world.

See more of my Bondi paintings Here.

CRANACH, Lucas the Elder (b. 1472, Kronach, d. 1553, Weimar) The Fountain of Youth
CRANACH, Lucas the Elder
(b. 1472, Kronach, d. 1553, Weimar)
The Fountain of Youth 1546
Lime panel, 122,5 x 186,5 cm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin
Stephanie Burns Fountain of Youth Large 2
Stephanie Burns Fountain of Youth Large 2, 2010
Acrylic on canvas
76 x 76 cm
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Mammoths On The Beach At Longbeach California

“I look at today’s market, I see too many people focusing on the commercial and the social, without (or before) considering the essential. People who buy with their ears, rather than with their eyes.” Thomas Hill #Quote @theartnewspaper #thomashill #artmarket #artquote #thoughtsonart #artlife #theessentials
Detail Mammoths On The Beach At Longbeach California by Stephanie Burns 2016, oil on canvas, 36 X 48 in.

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Essential Truths

“Just remember that Meissonier and the Paris Salon, as well as the London pre-Raphaelites were dominating the art scene from 1850 to 1890, whereas artists such as Manet, Cézanne and Turner were largely ignored. Markets rise and markets fall. But essential truths do remain, and those essential truths are worth the risk. 
To recommit to the essential, we have to recommit to the arbiters of the essential.”  J. Tomilson (“Tom”) Hill III

President and CEO of Blackstone Alternative Asset Management (BAAM), chairman of the Lincoln Center Theater and a member of board of directors of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a collector of Renaissance and Baroque bronzes and of contemporary art. Read moreThomas Hill article

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Exhibition Catalogue of Migaloo The White Whale

Creating all these paintings of our great white whale Migaloo has been an amazing experience. You can view the catalogue here.