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Check out Mary Lynn Burke’s Artwork

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mary Lynn Burke.

Mary Lynn, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I am the type of person who has always been in college and working three jobs. When my husband and I moved to Boston from Detroit, I was fortunate to have a few months off to plan our wedding and explore this new city. It was then that I experienced a creative awakening and haven’t been the same since.

I was venturing through the streets of Boston, camera in hand thinking that I was learning about this city and how to use the features of this tiny digital camera. But, what was really happening was my soul was undergoing a dramatic transformation of sorts. These photographs were glimpses into my thoughts and feelings around being away from family, friends and familiarity. I was realizing that life outside of the structure of employment and coursework existed an opportunity to really study life, people and nature in a way that resembled my childhood adventures playing in the trees and lakes of Michigan.

I took a photography workshop and bought a used manual 35mm film camera and that is when photography became a real notion for life. I enrolled in a full-time photography program and realized creating art is a sacred piece of me and I need to respect it’s natural direction. So the journey has led me through a path of creating art without boundaries.

I enjoy photo experimentation with light and time and mixed media where I intertwine photography with hands-on work in photo transfers, acrylic and beeswax. I have been featured in gallery shows, the South End Open Market and recently reopened my Etsy store. Now that our daughters are becoming more independent, I’m hoping to be back to the South End Open Market this season.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I create landscape photography with a fine art, abstract feel. I am inspired by my senses when exploring new nooks near the meadow and pond where I live, New England beaches and places far from home during travel.

My goal is to bring the viewer to a place where the memory of their senses is renewed. I aim to capture the essence, the mood, the feeling of the fresh air, the smell of the rain, and the crunch of the snow beneath feet. I want to let the fine details be of the viewers imagination. I photograph to provide the sense that will inspire the place and feeling that is unique for each person, the way a candle can create your own sense of calm, warmth and comfort.

I particularly enjoy simple unaltered landscapes, scenes of monochromatic cloud layers, flowers in all their life stages, architectural design, old barns, peeling paint on wood, and the first subtle signs of life every spring.

All photographs in my Etsy shop and website were taken by me with one of my trusty cameras, digital, Polaroid, Holga and Mamiya.

Customers may purchase prints of any size, customize the colors to their space, and feel confident that each piece was created by hand in my studio from conception to packaging and shipment. All prints are created with a professional printer on 100% cotton museum quality fine art paper with archival inks.

Photo transfers are made using my original fine art photography, Created using the same care and archival inks as my fine art prints. I hand-transfer each photograph onto deep-cradled artist panels which are made in the USA with sustainable birchwood. I then paint each transfer with a clear matte finish to provide brushstroke texture and protect from fading. These transfers require no framing, can be placed on any shelf, table or hung on a wall with just a nail or two.

Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
I believe the secret to success is ever-changing and so acceptance of the mobility of what works best in necessary. I find that setting goals to care for all aspects of what makes me whole helps to balance my sense that all is right. Discovering this for myself was and is a work-in-progress. I also find that patience with myself and my process is crucial. Seeing an idea through despite having a feeling it may be a road to nowhere is sometimes necessary to realize need for consistency in some areas and where there is space for new exploration.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
My work can be viewed and purchased directly from my website.

I also have an Etsy store where my work is updated most frequently:

Additionally, I’m hoping to be selling my work at the South End Open Market this year. Those interested can sign up for announcements on my website.

I can also be found on:

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Image Credit:
Mary Lynn Burke Photography

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