Sarah Burns was born in 1976 in Eugene, OR.  She currently lives in Southern Oregon and paints full time.   Sarah studied contemporary art at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, academic realist drawing and painting at Ashland Academy of Art in Ashland, Oregon and went on to attend a intensive workshops with Ben Fenske, Michael Grimaldi, Andrew Ameral in contemporary classical painting, drawing and anatomy.

Artists Statement:

I am a representational painter and I use traditional materials, including oil paint, birch panel, gesso, linen, charcoal, graphite, paper. I love old things and want to create art pieces that will someday be old.

The more I make and study art, the more I find I am studying science. In order to understand what I see and create more convincing illusions, I’m looking into the biology of the retina, light, geometry, human muscular and skeletal anatomy, meteorology and geology. In turn, this scientific inquiry inspires wonder and awe for the natural world, so, in addition to its purpose of feeding the practical part of art making, it ultimately feeds the mercurial, harder-to-define emotive and spiritual part of creating art.

I approach my subject with a little bit of scientific distance too. I try to be as fair as possible to my subjects and tell the truth of what I see. Obviously what I see is filtered through me and I choose subjects I find beauty in and feel affection for, but I do want to be specific and make documentaries in paint. I hope they will be eventually be seen as part of a historical record, like a family album for a region.


American Art Collector Magazine – March 2013
Etsy Blog – Get The Look: Eastern Market Loft – March 2013
Ashland Daily Tidings – Quills and Queues: The Beauty of Urban Landscapes -November 2012
Ashland Daily Tidings/Medford Mail Tribune – Carcass Paintings to Adorn Smithfields – July 2012

Selected  Shows

Meditations on Daily Splendor: Three Woman Show, Rogue Gallery and Art Center, Medford, OR, Feb 2016
Figurative Invitational Exhibit, Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, OR, Sept 2015
Haines Foundation 2014 Grant Recipient Show, Ashland Art Center, Ashland, OR, April 2015
Land That I Love: Southern Oregon en Plein Air, Solo Show at Rogue Gallery and Art Center, Medford, OR, July-August 2014
ArtWorks NW, UVAA, Roseburg, OR, May 2014
Two Person Show at Ashland Painters Union, Sarah F Burns and Julian Bell, Februay 2014
Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century, Clatsop Community College Art Center Gallery, Astoria, OR, January 2014
Chautauqua National Juried Exhibition: Beauty Matters, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky, January 2014
Two Person Show at Ashland Painters Union, Sarah F Burns and Gloria Kastenberg, September 2013
Figurative Invitational, Illahe Gallery, Ashland, Oregon, February 2013
Peripheral Visions:  A Two Woman Show, Ashland Painters Union, Ashland, Oregon, January 2013
Solo Show, Meet Your Meat: Vanitas For Smithfields, Smithfields, Ashland, July 2012
Figurative Invitational, Illahe Gallery, Ashland, Oregon, Februay 2012
Rogue Valley Biennial, Rogue Gallery and Art Center, Medford, Oregon, 2011
Guy Lyman Fine Art, New Orleans, Louisiana, August 2010
Celebration Oregon, High Desert Gallery,  Bend, Oregon, August 2009
Expressions West, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, Oregon, April 2009
Art About Agriculture 2009: Across the Pacific Northwest, Oregon State University Traveling Show, March – September 2009
National Small Oil Exhibition, Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, Kansas, Daniel Sprick juror, 2008
National Small Works Exhibition, The Arkell Museum, Canajoharie, New York, 2008
Emerald Spring Exhibition, Emerald Art Center, Springfield, OR, 2008
Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century, Clatsop Community College Art Center Gallery, 2008


Information on the physical properties of a typical painting created by Sarah F Burns.  Please note: this is typical, some paintings are created on different types of panels or linen.  

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