Meet this week’s top Realism Today Ambassador, August Burns.
August Burns is an award-winning portrait and figurative painter who seeks to capture the character and essence of her subjects through her art. Her paintings and drawings have been exhibited in galleries and shows throughout the United States.
Growing up outside of New York City, August received her early training in the studio of a master artist, where she learned the fundamentals of traditional oil painting and had the opportunity to explore the great museums there. As a young artist, she was captivated by the beauty and mastery of some of the most celebrated paintings in history.
She went on to study art in college but left disillusioned by the focus on abstract expressionism and the lack of skill-based training. She went on to have a distinguished career in women’s health, which provided the opportunity to work with women in more than two dozen countries around the world. This work has inspired her love of the human face and the beauty of the portrait.
August returned to painting 15 years ago and studied with many renowned contemporary artists in the U.S., including Daniel Greene, Stephen Early, Alyssa Monks, and Rob Liberace. In 2016, she was selected to paint the official portrait of Governor Peter Shumlin, which now hangs in the Vermont State House in Montpelier. August works out of her studio in Middlesex, Vermont.
Learn more about the artist at www.augustburns.com.