David E. Burns, M.D., was raised on a farm, retired from a career as an acute-care physician at the community hospital in Little Falls, New York. Married with three adult children, he moved to Cape Cod 12 years ago. Recently he authored a recent memoir (Take a Deep Breath); and has now returned to a love of painting watercolors.
“ At a young age, on our farm, without any formal instruction, I was encouraged to the simple task of drawing: sketching horses, field of grain, and barns. Prospective was an apparent natural talent. On patient charts, I would sketch-out a patient's traumatic injuries or show with a pen sketch, where the fractured bones were or perhaps show the placement of an internal pulmonary artery indwelling catheter's position and even where an x-ray disclosed a position of the ‘tip’ of a cardiac pacing wire. I had found that drawing saved precious time — rather than write-out several paragraphs to explain that which a sketch could accomplish in a few seconds.
It was not until after my first heart attack, when my spouse, Marcia, signed me into a formal college art course that taught the use of watercolors. For the past 20 years, I have applied my interests, my observations, and studied with numerous nationally known artists—in various workshops. Additionally, I have spent a week, for six subsequent years on Monhegan Island with individual instruction from Guy Correiro (AWS). However I believe, having known Bus Romeling during the last four years of his life — sketching and painting with him, on-site in the rural, leather-stocking countryside of New York State — set the tone and style for my watercolor art (see BusRomeling.com). I particularly enjoy working to capture nature's affects found in sky and on the waters around Cape Cod.
The majority of my artistic efforts are attempts to capture a particular quality drawn from common ordinary scenes, sometimes derelict structures or a weathered boat or a vista that has been taken for granted, scenes accompanied by a certain light or from weather conditions that strike my fancy. I usually sketch on site, then complete my paintings in the studio. I hope you enjoy the results of my endeavors.”