Celebrating Painter Kathy Burke

“Gratitude.   Have you filled your tank up on it?  There are many reasons to do so.  After all, it is free and ecological.  It will put a rose tint on your day.  Gratitude is the base line of your music; the rhythm that holds together the potential for your greatness.”

- Mme de Sauvignon

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Celebrating Kathy Burke

I had heard of artist Kathy Burke’s portrait work years before I stepped into the job as director of a study-abroad program and discovered she was on the faculty.   We became instant, and as it turns out, long-lasting friends and my admiration for her work, currently focused on the view of Notre Dame out her window (yes, she lives on the Quai de l’Hôtel de Ville!) gets a fresh squeeze of excitement with each project she undertakes.

Recently over lunch, I told Kathy how much I appreciated the way she would help me get a healthier perspective on difficult work situations.  Her comment was: “Anne, that’s really what I do, listen and look.  All my life I’ve been listening and looking.”

The truth of this struck me immediately.  It explained not only why I sought her counsel, but how she, as an artist, has at the tips of her brushes the extraordinary ability to capture, in a few minutes’ sitting, a person’s spiritual, emotional, and psychological truth with astonishing life-likeness.  The expressive accuracy of her work and the speed in which she pulls it off are breath taking.   Perhaps a painter can only do this if she practices with the regularity of breathing, the habit of looking and listening.

I feel so grateful to know artist Kathy Burke and today I want to celebrate her brilliance.  Please join me by watching this video interview of her “looking at and listening to” Notre Dame Cathedral.

And do peruse her website: http://www.parisportraits.com/

 

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