David E. Burns, M.D., was raised on a farm, retired from a career as a critical-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.
“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.”