The paintings of Texas native Downe Burns reflect not only his immense talent, but his passion for painting. He says "I love to paint, I like mixing colors and seeing the end result on a canvas. I like signing my name to a painting and being happy with the way I have interpreted the world around me."
Largely a self taught artist. Burns studied business and art history at Texas Tech University for a brief time before leaving to paint on a regular basis.
Burns' moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1987. Inspired by his surroundings he chose the southwestern landscape with its large saguaro cacti and melded his own unique compositions and use of unforgettable colors. His desire to create paintings that are moving and pleasant to view keep him away from the darker moods of the environment. He wants his imagery to strike a positive feeling in the eye of the viewer. He says, "We will each have our own emotional response to a work of art, I just hope i can make it a happy one."
His paintings have progressed through several series over the years. Floral, Abstracts, Southwestern and now Tuscany landscapes. His list of credits is extensive. A painting series, A View To A Villa, created in 1985 captured the attention of viewers in galleries across the nation and thus began his career. At the age of 24, he had already been the subject of profiles on television, radio, newspapers and magazines. His paintings were chosen for numerous private and museum collections. He has also been chosen for many national promotions with companies such as Kahlua, Marlboro, Sonoma Valley Vineyards, Vitality Magazine, Anderson Valley Vineyards, Wines Of America and Fox Networks. In 1996he was chosen as the official artist for the Kodak International Balloon Fiesta. He created the first ever sell out image. He has gone on to create the 1998 and 2004 balloon image. In 1997 he created the image for the Atlanta ESPN 10K Run. You may have also seen his work on television shows Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place, Suddenly Susan and Promised Land.
Downe started his own publishing company in 1990 called Wet Paint Publishing. The company published fine art prints and limited editions of his artworks. The company also extensively licensed Downe's images to other companies who reproduced his unique artwork into ceramic tiles, T-shirts, greeting cards and calendars. Feeling the need for fresh surroundings and inspiration, Downe ceased operations of his publishing company in 1996 and returned home.