Exhibitions - Myrtle Burton

Please join us for our Opening Reception on Sunday April 2, 2 p.m.Everyone is welcome. Paintings by Myrtle Burton exhibition is on display April 1 - 30, 2017.

Artist's Statement

Even though art shows are well-attended, there is an apathy toward contemporary art when the works are compared with the old masters. That points to the media that the famous used, particularly oils. The greatest works of art are oil paintings. These have blessed us from the great artists as they were established centuries ago. Sketches and trials in other media, such as graphite, charcoal and ink, are just as important when applied to famous persons, but only if they have survived the ravages of time and have been protected.

Photography is regularly considered to be the modern medium suitable for important affairs such as weddings, etc. Parents are proud and happy to have photographs of their growing children and grandchildren. However, photographs are necessarily produced on surfaces that deteriorate with time, however professionally treated. I have pointed out to clients pursuing works of art that paintings in oil are unyielding and enduring. They become more important as the immediate family and families yet to come pass them down. Portraits in particular are treasures. Oils are everlasting.

Biography

I was born in Canada, but acquired education and pursued my career in the United States. I am a mother and a grandmother.

I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Fordham University in New York City, and gained credits with a Master of Arts in the Humanities at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. I taught art to students at Washington Irving Junior High School in Tarrytown, New York.

After a divorce, for a better income, I took a job in Manhattan. Along with reception and secretarial duties for the President of an equities firm, I helped to decorate several offices in midtown.

After retirement I became a docent at Kykuit, the Rockefeller family estate in Pocantico Hills, New York. I was a tour guide for the estate and the Nelson Rockefeller art collection.

My last position was the most rewarding. I taught acrylic painting to elderly patients at Atria Assisted Living in Briarcliff Manor, New York. We presented an art show to the public from proud artists in their eighties and nineties.

I have painted for clients on occasion, but generally I paint for enjoyment and self- satisfaction.

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