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.

Artist's Statement
“ 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.”

"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."