Art of the Horse: A Mother-Daughter Show

Atlanta artist Susan Easton Burns uses her hands and feet to communicate something simple with a serendipitous story on canvas. Her work is on display with her mother's at dk Gallery in Marietta.

Art of the Horse: A Mother and Daughter Show opens at on Marietta Square Friday.

From 5 to 9 p.m., join artists Susan Easton Burns and Julia Burns for the opening with live music by Tim Easton.

"I begin a painting by spontaneously throwing paint down and covering a canvas with a colorful underpainting," Susan Easton Burns said in her artist statement at dk Gallery. She continues this process while looking at the canvas from different angles until an image appears and then she defines that image. 

Susan strives to convey "something simple." She wants people to feel drawn to her work "because of the thick texture of the paint and the serendipitous story."

Susan's favorite tool is her hand. She uses both her hands and feet to push paint around on her canvases. "Every painting is an opportunity for me to connect with a more intuitive part of myself," she said in her statement. "The best part about painting is the 'non-thinking' mind that happens while I work."

Her paintings range in size from 6" x 8" to 48" to 48" and are mostly acrylic on paper or canvas.

"The nature of paint is messy and I would like to control that as little as possible," Susan said in her statement.

She lives in Atlanta with her husband, two children, three dogs, three cats and four horses. She has practiced dressage, a classical form of riding, for 21 years. 

Art Talk with Susan Easton Burns will be held on Sunday from 2 to 3 p.m. Susan will reveal her inspirations and talk about her journey of becoming an established artist. 

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