David E. Burns, M.D., was raised on a farm, retired from a career as a critcal-care physician at the community hospital in Little Falls, New York. Married with three adult children, he now lives in Chatham. He authored a recent memoir (Take a Deep Breath); and has returned to a love of painting watercolors.

Artist's Statement
“After my devastating heart attack, and open-heart surgery, I found myself drifting, depressed, aimless. Perhaps engaging art was psychotherapy and a escape from my losses. When caring for patients, I frequently penciled conditions and sketched results from procedures or X-rays — ,t was less time then writing summaries in the charts. Little did I know it primed me to advance a talent to draw, to pull a scene from nature. Also, it was more than a coincidence that after my medical career, I met individuals who were excellent watercolorists and endearing individuals who gave generously of their time and talents as I began to pursue my own artistic passions..

"When I paint, I pull an interpretation, reinventing scenes for depth and beauty. I prefer painting seascapes and landscapes — of which the Cape has boundless examples —weather to suit, and the changing seasons.

"To paint an exceptional piece is always the goal and difficult to achieve. When one chooses to collect my work, I find it the greatest compliment.”

"This original Cape home, on Queen Anne Road, has caught my eye on so many occasions. In each season she presents her best side in the early morning light. After a new snow and with glancing shadows, I finally painted this old farm home. The addition in the back was likely built to keep the winter's wood supply handy and dry. The weight of those years has lowered one end off-level, adding to its character."

"This weather-beaten tender at the end of Barn Hill Road is obvious at low tide. Grounded from the salt-water wash of tide on tides, it is a perfect example of common scene becoming art. Dories serve generations, some going to sea, others only to the flats, all for nature's harvest."

"It has been said that one can't go home again; however, when one does, one better understands the beauty that was left behind. This is a favorite subject of mine: the main barn viewed was once where my great grandfather housed several teams of horses that helped him worked the land. The snow cover highlight the quiet, elongated winter shadows; the fields demonstrate the wonderful color that is not always appreciated in the cold season. Yes, one can go home again."

"One of my favorite flowers. As a child, these six or eight-foot tall, flowered stalks lined the sunny-side of our cattle barn where we would lean out open windows and count the many humming birds that flew to their nectar. These flowers are a wonder to paint."