Berta Burr's 11/5 is a framed 18 x 24 inch painting of a light, luminous cirrocumulus cloud against an azure sky. Her composition focuses on a central dispersing cloud, which connects the viewer to the immensity of the wide open sky. Through her ongoing exploration of this naturally occurring drama unfolding overhead, Burr alludes at once to the sublime and the quotidian. Capturing the shifting beauty of cloud and sky, her sky scapes are profound, poetic and elemental: with great gentleness she offers the viewer a moment of wonder.
Burr says, "My painting is motivated by a need to view the world with a degree of detachment that allows for the possibility of beauty." Her sky scapes are a statement of calm in these chaotic times. Titles of these aerial works refer to the birth dates of dear ones, permeating her brushstrokes with loving intention.
A native of Buffalo, New York, Berta Burr grew up near the Albright Art Gallery (now the Albright-Knox), which gave her early exposure to modern and contemporary art through its world class collection. Her interest in fine art was further nurtured at home where, as the daughter of an avid amateur artist, art materials were never in short supply.
Establishing a studio in 1967 with her husband, an accomplished harpsichord maker, Burr worked as a harpsichord decorator specializing in 17th and 18th century styles, an exacting discipline which honed her skills as an artist. Work as a gilder and restorer has given her a rare and informed level of craftsmanship.
Since the early 1990s Burr's studio output has been directed toward original paintings in oil energized by her unique eye and training.
This painting is framed in a white painted wood floater frame, and the framed size is 19.25 x 25.25 inches.