Angie’s Water Lilies:
In our overly stimulated world, for Angie Tan-Burns, Lilies offer a welcomed respite for the soul. Their calming influence informs Angie’s photos while only their beauty matches the resilience these flowers embody. Reflecting on these natural works of art one is reminded how capable and creative Mother Nature can be.
At the impressionable age of 18, Gregory enrolled in a freshman Figure Drawing class at a small college in the Amish territory of Pennsylvania. On the first day of class, along with 20 other new students, Gregory took a seat in the circle around a small raised podium. With little introduction, the instructor invited a young lady wearing a white robe to take the stage. As the terry-cloth garment fell to the ground, and everybody began vigorously scribbling away with their pencils, Gregory knew that he had found his right place in the universe.
Over the past 30 years Gregory has continued his affair with the female figure. His most recent series of mixed media works on paper combines bold sketching with muted painted backgrounds. These emotional glimpses of the figure are meant to celebrate the joys of seeking and feeling through pencil and brush.
Text by Gregory Burns, Photographs by Angie Tan Burns, All Rights Reserved.