Angel Burns is a contemporary fine art portraitist, often combining
digital painting and illustrative techniques to suggest a philosophical
concept or a commentary on society. Although constantly snapping
candids since youth, she did not begin a photography career until
after becoming a mother. Self-taught, she began capturing dancers,
while her daughters toured in competitions and companies, eventually
becoming a commercial photojournalist in the entertainment industry.
Expressive subjects of her themes, featured on television's "So
You Think You Can Dance" and in live cirque aerial shows,
granted her extraordinary access to direct and preserve their
moods. Press releases, advertising, dvd covers, editorial magazine
articles followed featuring her photos, until she was invited
to create a summer-long solo exhibition of her unconventional
personal images for La Foto Gallery, Santa Monica, in 2009.Soon
she was exhibiting in galleries and public art events throughout
Southern California, with growing notoriety.
published her first book of images, "In Dreams" and
designed several press-printed scrapbooks for dance teams. She
was selected as lead studio shooter for Flashes of Hope charity
at UCLA Children's hospital, making final portraits of critically
ill children. Angel's work has twice been recognized in annual
volumes by OneEyeland.com juried selection as "Best of the
Best World Photographers." Today she continues generating
original work, publishing, exhibiting and licensing. In addition
to being a lifetime charter member of Women in Photography International,
Ms. Burns is a member of American Photographic Artists, American
Society of Media Photographers, Professional Photographers of
America, National Association of Photoshop Professionals, Apple
Certified Pro, Adobe Beta Testers, among several other trade organizations.
Angel Burns, though an American citizen, was born in Canada of
a multi-cultural family, and raised in rural Pennsylvania. While
Ms. Burns may be considered relatively new to photography's fine
art world, her talents have been years in the making. As a child,
she was a performer, dancer, model, actor, and earned scholarships
as a writer. Growing up on the grounds of the state mental hospital,
where her father was a staff physician, Burns thrived in fascination
alongside the international families at this teaching facility.
Consequently, she pursued an educational major in pre-med/pre-psychiatry,
intent on her interest in the spectrum of human experience. A
precocious member of the high-IQ society Mensa, she let her curiosity
lead her to eclectic studies and a variety of day jobs: computer
programming, nursing, hospice, abused shelters and rehab centers,
psychiatric units, churches, charities, medical research centers,
and always keeping a hand in show business, studying acting and
performing in theater, commercials, television, industrial films.
Eventually she won bit parts in soap operas to earn her Screen
Actors Guild card, and formed a production company to create independent
shorts. Effectively she translated experiences since childhood
to her current art forms. “Like I learned as an actor (and
a 'shrink's kid'), I wanted to look IN, not AT others. It's all
storytelling, but with the thread of my personal viewpoint..."
Most recently Angel marketed her optimism as executive producer
of two feature-length social change documentaries: "Average
Joe on the Raw" about healthy eating, and the festival-award-winning
"Opening Our Eyes," about making a global difference,
one person at a time. She is a longtime member of Film Independent
and SAG-AFTRA performers union. A mother of two, she lives in
Los Angeles, and travels extensively for causes and outreach,
constantly exploring, creating, and sharing.
"Seeing a photograph is a reminder of a feeling...and creating
one requires invoking or catching what one wants to feel. What
do we choose to re-live? These works are about dreams, hope and
the mysterious inner experience of us all. They are glimpses in
an epic light, a drama told via the expressive colors and lines
reflecting deep emotion, memory, wistfulness. Sometimes they contain
I believe in openness, both personal vulnerability and open-armed
embracing of others. It is my wish that my images soothe, inspire
and reflect the beauty I find in fragile hearts every day. May
the viewer come away gifted. 'Photography is a way of Loving.'"
Contribution here was sponsored in part by two illustrious mentors
the artist wishes to thank, master photographers John Woodward
and Michael Gilbert. Along with the family of Ms. Burns, they
are recognized with heartfelt appreciation for their attention,
patience and support toward furthering her skills and career.
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File complete August 30, 2014