Artist Profile

Tammy L. Burke


Mediums: Watercolor

Tammy began her art career as a young child, winning a blue ribbon in the local fair for a sponge-painted fall tree when she was 5. She grew up with color crayons and markers in her hand and was even known to do some "wall art" as a young child. She always had a passion for drawing and painting throughout school and her adult life. Abandoning her love of painting as a college student, instead focusing on business, her art was never far out of mind; but some 20 years went by before she picked up the brush again.

She began painting with the Artist Teaching Artist Group at Chelsea Center for the Arts. Immediately drawn to watercolor painting, "because it was the most challenging," she began learning everything she could. She is known for her realistic paintings of Sandhill Cranes and landscapes. "The Sandhills have such a wonderful story behind them, coming back from dwindling numbers to being a celebrated bird in the Southeast Michigan area."

Tammy loves painting from nature and photographs, focusing in on Sandhill Cranes, landscapes, and waterfowl. Today, she has her paintings hanging in the New Chelsea Market in downtown Chelsea, and shows and sells her paintings in local art shows. She is a member of the Chelsea Center for the Arts, the Ann Arbor Women Artists, and the Michigan Watercolor Society.

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