Art is the lover I waited my whole life to find. The thing that opens my heart and sets free the darkness and the light without judgment or fear. Every painting tells my story, from roots in the deep south, to a painful childhood marred by violence, to a life of exploration, both positive and destructive. As a creative person I initially channeled that creativity into business opportunities in the corporate world but finding little lasting satisfaction I changed course. I then put my energy into a clothing and accessory line utilizing a combination of recycled and vintage materials as well as co-founding an organic oatmeal company to nourish the body and soul.  But in 2017, when I picked up a brush for the first time and put paint to canvas, I realized that painting, for me, is personal. Everything that I am – all the pain, joy, passion, fear, and collective history of who I am, where I come from and where I am going – is forever connected to that elegant act of pushing and pulling paint across canvas. I have found a home in contemporary abstract and mixed media. It allows for a freedom of expression that is comforting to someone who has rarely “colored within the lines.” My paintings are my story expressed in a way that leaves them open to interpretation. Like the lover I longed for, the embrace is often fleeting but the emotion sears the soul.  

TITLE: Lifted Mixed Media, 48 x 48 inches, 2020
Tom Burns Artist

TITLE: Stormy Monday
Mixed Media on canvas, 36 x 48 inches, 2018

TITLE: The Other Blue Dog
Mixed Media on canvas, 24 x 24 inches, 2019

Tom Burns Artist

TITLE: Wish You Were Here
Mixed Media on canvas, 48 x 48 inches, 2018

TITLE: Deceiving Eyes
Mixed Media, 24 x 24 inches,2019

TITLE: Scream
Mixed Media on canvas, 36 x 36 inches, 2017

 Cindy Muscarello

505 West St Unit 2 Salinas CA 93901 USA