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Sponsoring the Arts

Palm Trees, Long Beach, California by Stephanie Burns 2016

We were very proud to be 2016 sponsors for the Australian Theatre Company in Los Angeles.


I am so pleased to say that my painting Long Beach California sold at the Gala to raise funds for the future of theatre in LA. Currently it’s the Aussies that are leading the charge. Congratulations ATC!!!


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Welcome to Hollywood! What’s your dream?

Venice Beach, Stephanie Burns, artist, painting, oil, seascape, california, iconic
Welcome to Hollywood! What’s your dream? Everybody comes here; this is Hollywood, land of dreams. Some dreams come true, some don’t; but keep on dreamin’ – this is Hollywood. Always time to dream, so keep on dreamin’.

Well it seems incredible, one of the paintings I creating during this series of Colour In Your Life will be auctioned on Saturday at the Australian Theatre Company’s second annual Gala Event.

Watch the show and see an artists dreams come true!


My great grandmother and her sisters were involved in the London theatre scene when their eldest sister Lilian Langdon was a dresser at the Bedford Theatre in London. Charlotte (Lotte) and her two sisters Maude and May were small, beautiful and very strong and quickly picked up by Fred Karno – the British theatre impresario who popularised the custard pie-in-the-face gag in the late 19th century and represented Charlie Chaplin.

They became some of the greatest acrobats that toured America. Called The Onetti Sisters and sometimes The Pattersons they were joined by two other women. It was the turn of the 20th century and theatre producers and agents were incredibly active and organised. Between 1900 and 1910 Vaudeville was king. Signing with a Vaudeville producer meant guaranteed bookings and intense travel times.

Everything was live. it was also the time of the big state fair and epic stadium performances. It was the setting described years later in Meet Me in St Lois as they prepare for the World’s Fair. Films like The Greatest Show on Earth and many musical films were directly influenced by the theatre, inventive performances and elaborate shows of the early 1900s. Fairs, circus, ‘parks’ and theatres of all sizes were all intertwined. Some of the most beautiful Vaudeville theatres later became cinemas.

Between 1906 and 1917 the girls toured the USA extensively from state fairs to Vaudeville in Toronto, New York, Seattle, Boston, Chicago etc. They were often sold as the greatest specialist gymnasts of their time.

Variety reviews talk of their ‘classy aerial work’ holding the audience right to the end. They would be placed last on the bill for this reason. Everyone went to live theatre and shows were long and full of a variety of acts, including burlesque opera, songstresses, comedians, acrobatics, ‘wooden shoe’ dancing, wire and talk.

It was tough to keep the audiences awake and their showy tricks had the audiences spellbound. Live theatre gave actors and performers a place to experiment and later it fed great film. It would have been tough work. Actors unions were newly formed and only represented white men.

Awareness of that hardship fuels the passion of many actors and performers today. To think of those young girls being pushed to their limits and touring non stop at such a time is astonishing to me. The films that sprung from that time inspire us and the theatre is the place where we can play. The ‘play’ has evolved into many things, not just entertainment but thought provoking drama, psychological exploration, high art and more.

And so I donated my painting Palm Trees, Long Beach California to the #buildATC.

There must always be live theatre!

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Art Was Night And Day

Stephanie Burns and Laurence Fuller

“We really lived in a milieu of artists writers and philosophers, so everything was art. People like Roger Scruton, who is a British philosopher, and Howard Jacobson who is a prize winning novelist, all these people were just part of our milieu so art was night and day.” Stephanie Burns, Fine Art Tips with Colour In Your Life

Sir Sidney Nolan, Peter Fuller and Charles Rycroft
Sir Sidney Nolan, Peter Fuller and Charles Rycroft

Watch Stephanie as she paints Long Beach in California while talking to Graeme Stevenson about art life and the human condition.

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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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US TV Networks for Fine Art Tips With Stephanie Burns on Colour In Your Life

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

The US TV Networks that the program Fine Art Tips With Stephanie Burns on Colour In Your Life will be aired are;

US TV Networks

Bourne Community Television MA
Sterling-Lancaster Community Television MA
Channel 191 Hamburg Township Television MI
BelleTv WI
Grafton Community Television MA
Access 99 City of Fargo ND
La Verne Community Television CA
Lawndale CityTV CA
Central Wyoming College WY
East Kentucky Broadcasting KY
Central Virginia Television Network VA
Moorhead Community Access Media MN
Aurora 8/ The Aurora Channel CO
Yellow Springs Community Access OH
Community Television of Santa Cruz County CA
Fayetteville Public Schools AR
Treasure Valley Community Television ID
Educational Access Television CA
Charles County Board of Education MD
Sturgeon Bay Public Access WI
Nashville Education, Community, and Arts Television TN
Urbana Public Television (UPTV) IL
Manatee County School District FL
Mt. Blue Community Television ME
Lakeville community access MA
Town of Sevastopol WI
City Channel 25 WI
Na Leo O Hawaii Community Television HI
Lighthouse TV23 NY
Muskegon Community College MI
Texas A&M University Kingsville TX
MUTV – Miami University OH
KOCT – The Oceanside Channel CA
Avon Community Access & Media MA
Nutmeg Public Access Television, Inc. CT
Missoula Community Access Television MT
University GA
Blue Ridge Community College TV NC
Raymond Community TV NH
Wethersfield Community TV CT
The City Commons NE
Cleveland Independent School District (cisdtv) TX
CATV Channel 11 NE
know99 Television AZ
Bella Vista Community Television AR
Western Reserve Cable 9 OH
PEG Access Television of Fergus Falls MN
Farmington Community TV NH
Saco River Community Television ME
Wrentham Cable Access MA
vallejo community access television CA
Fulton Community Channel GA
OTV Channel 99 MI
Maine Coast TV ME
Medfield.TV MA
Searsport Community Television (SCTV-7) ME
NfinityLink NC
West Mifflin Area School District PA
Fort Worth ISD EdTV TX
Austin Independent School District TX
Town of Payson AZ
Newport Community Television NH
Rialto Network CA
iFiber Communications WA
Johnston Community College NC
CAPS Community Access Partners of San Buenaventura CA
Paulding County Today GA
Lake County Peg TV CA
University of Maryland University College MD
Calaveras County Public Access TV Studio CA
Fayetteville Public Access Television AR
Jimmie Moglia OR
City of New Bern NC
Tampa Bay Arts & Education Network FL
Town of Falmouth ME
Johnson County Community College KS
Florida Parishes Television LA