“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, 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.
Shark Bay, Western Australia 2018
By Stephanie Burns Acrylic on canvas 200 x 215 cm
Shoalhaven River 2013
By Stephanie Burns Oil on canvas 182 x 212 cm © Stephanie Burns 2018
Venice Beach California 2016
By Stephanie Burns Oil on canvas 36 x 48 in © Stephanie Burns 2018
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