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Artist donates large oil painting of Long Beach to Australian Theatre Company (ATC) in LA for their live auction at the Annual Gala October 1, 2016

I was inspired to help the ATC build for the future because of her family’s history on stage and screen in Los Angeles.  The films that sprung from their 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.

There must always be live theatre!

I have been exhibiting for over 30 years. My paintings and sculptures have won a number of prizes and been a finalist in the Fleurieu Art Prize, the Blake prize, Sculpture by the Sea in Bondi, the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London and exhibited at art fairs in London and throughout Australia. Over one hundred and twenty of my paintings have sold in the last three years.

My inspiration is drawn from the natural world.

Palm Trees Longbeach by Stephanie Burns
Palm Trees Longbeach by Stephanie Burns 2016
Oil on canvas
36 x 48 in
© Stephanie Burns

I am essentially a Post Impressionist artist in the era of global warming. Inspired by the innate beauty of life and the sea.

The ATC has been working tirelessly over the years to shine a light on Australian arts in the USA, providing opportunities for Australian actors and actresses, directors, producers, writers and crew to showcase their talents.   My son, Laurence Fuller, is a very active member of the Australian arts community in Los Angeles, another reason I felt so drawn to support this wonderful artistic cause.

The painting I donated was created for an episode of the TV program “Put Some Colour in Your Life” which can be viewed on YouTube follow the link here to see the painting in progress.

ATC’s Annual Gala is on October 1st in Los Angeles

The event will be hosted by the Australian Consul-General in Los Angeles commencing at 5pm

Join ATC for an evening of cocktails, canapés and entertainment, plus a live auction of incredible prizes and experiences including:

– Return airfares to Australia courtesy of Qantas plus an accommodation package at The Langham Hotel Sydney

– Painting by Australian artist Stephanie Burns valued at $5000

– 2 night stay at Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita Mexico

– 2 tickets to Human Nature’s “Jukebox – Pop. Soul. Motion & More” including a meet and greet at the Venetian Hotel Las Vegas

Tickets are available by calling 310-467-8291 or email 

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From The Esoteric To The Abstract, Is Art Too Difficult

Stephanie Burns The Song

Is art too hard for most people. I don’t think so. Art museums wouldn’t be one of the main attractions for tourism if art was too difficult. Art is rarefied, enigmatic, obscure, mysterious, art may be little known, hard and perplexing. But, human beings consider art to be special. Arts difference sets it apart from the norm. Consider this mother and son conversation;

“I said to my mother as we walked, that I was worried my interests lately had been too esoteric. Investing myself in the ethereal realms of art and philosophy the past two years in pursuit of finding my father amongst the relics of the 20th Century art world (Peter Fuller Project). Had been so complex and it consumed my life, I wondered if there was ultimately any point to it all in a world that was ultimately driven by capital, a crisis of faith not helped by the fact that I had studied existentialism for Road To The Well to get inside the characters skin at the bequest of the director. Which served as my greatest inspiration for the experience and, yet for at least a year after we wrapped I found myself in the grips of that same void, wrestling with intellectual riddles which set me both apart and directly in the centre of the world around me.

She told me how at art school she would tell people that Monet was passé, because of his popularity in mainstream culture, but now she paints homages to his Waterlilies and her work is firmly in line with post-Impressionism. She told me that artistic life tends to flow in circles like that, periods of resistance and at times feelings reverence towards the same inspiration. The only thing that remains the same is the image, or the film/painting.” Laurence Fuller read more…

Art stays the same, it doesn’t change once made. Art whether film or a painting is of its time. Perhaps that is part of arts importance to us we can look at it and feel secure, safe and on solid ground. While everything else has changed that particular artwork or piece has stayed the same. Perhaps that is also why artworks that change become less important to us over time.

Antiques that have been broken and repaired are of less value than the same or similar antiques that are in the same condition they were made.

We love art even if it is esoteric.

Stephanie Burns, Luna Park, Sydney
Stephanie Burns Luna Park Sydney 2014
Acrylic on canvas
198 x 198 cm
© Stephanie Burns
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Follow An Artist’s Journey Finding The Inspiration To Paint

“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”.

In June I travelled to Catalina Island with my son, Laurence Fuller, to find the inspiration for my next paintings. Follow me on the journey as we fly over the island in a helicopter, dive under the water in a submarine and take a boat out to search for Sea Lions.

It starts in the helicopter as we get our bearings of the island.

My camera man looks pretty cool getting off the chopper in the video of my search for inspiration.

Avalon Catalina Island from the helicopter
Avalon Catalina Island from the helicopter

Catalina is much larger than I expected, too large for me to do an aerial painting of the Island and add in people and architectural features. It was great to see the island from  this perspective and feel what it is like from an eagles vantage point. This view might work as a painting.

We get on the semi-submersible sub Nautilus and head out to Lover’s Cove. An area I spot from the helicopter with aqua water and scuba divers.

Stephanie Burns getting on the Semi Submersible Submarine Catalina Island in search inspiration
Stephanie Burns getting on the Semi Submersible Submarine Catalina Island in search inspiration

Although it was great to see the fish the underwater experience did not give me that special feeling I need for a painting.

Stephanie Burns on Nautilus
Stephanie Burns on Nautilus Catalina Island

Out on a boat in search of dolphins and sea lions just past Lover’s Cove that moment of excitement and anticipation swept over me. Up ahead we saw a pontoon covered in sea lions, as we approached a young male slipped into the water.

Sea Lions on the pontoon at Catalina
Sea Lions on the pontoon at Catalina
Sea Lion Catalina
Sea Lion Catalina

Then the moment happened, all of my senses where alert. The smell of the sea lions can be a shock at first, making me aware of the fresh sea I smelt the moment before. As I searched the surface for the male sea lion to surface again he jumped out of the water creating an arc with his reflection in the water. Nature had been amazing and I had my first subject.

Sea Lion Jumping off Catalina Island
Sea Lion Jumping off Catalina Island
Sea Lion by Stephanie Burns
Sea Lion by Stephanie Burns 2016
Oil on canvas
36 x 48 in
© Stephanie Burns

The painting created from the moment the male sea lion jumped is very different from the photo. I use photographs as a memory jogger. A camera does not see the way we see, it doesn’t feel the air, it can’t smell, it doesn’t see the surface and see through the water at the same time. When I paint a subject like this I am not Stephanie Burns standing on a boat with a camera watching a sea lion. I am the sea lion. I feel the air as he jumps from the wet to the air, I feel the water dripping off him, i feel his intention to nose dive back into the water. Most importantly I feel his sense of pride as he shows off to the humans on the boat watching him in front of the females on the pontoon. What male doesn’t feel great when he knows he just pulled off a perfect jump. Bonus, all the girls were watching.

We cruised over towards the shore, the captain pointed out the sea lions and pubs basking in the sun. One of them raised herself onto her front flippers and arched her neck back.

DSC01543There it was another perfect moment.

The sea lion in the water is a great balance to the two on the shore. The background of the hillside wasn’t right. As we turned towards Avalon the water was so aqua and clear it was incredible. A white rock stood out in the distance, there was a sea lion pup lying on the white rock. We got closer he didn’t move. No performance for the humans today from him.

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In my mind I can see my sea lions on that rock.

Detail of Sea Lions by Stephanie Burns
Detail of Sea Lions by Stephanie Burns 2016
Oil on canvas
36 x 48 in
© Stephanie Burns

I have my second subject for a painting.

Back at the hotel I start to do a study to see if the structure I have in mind works as a painting.


The colours work the structure is right, I know when I get back to my Hollywood studio that I can start work on a large oil painting.

Sea Lions by Stephanie Burns
Sea Lions by Stephanie Burns 2016
Oil on canvas
36 x 48 in
© Stephanie Burns

The finished painting evokes the experience of that day. You can even feel the sea lion in the water swimming towards the rock.


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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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On The Red Carpet Last Night

I am so proud to say I was on the Red Carpet last night with my son Laurence Fuller for the premiere of Road To The Well. Can you tell? Road To The Well, the independent movie directed by Jon Cvack, was great. Laurence’s performance was brilliant, and I wasn’t the only person who said that.

Road The The Well Premiere Starring Laurence Fuller
Road The The Well Premiere
Starring Laurence Fuller