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Diane Burko

Painter · Photographer
Born 1945

Diane's work connects us to the enormity of what is happening in the natural world and the amazing speed with which these changes are taking place. These paintings also connect us to something else. Even as Diane documents how things are changing, she also reminds us of the stunning beauty of nature  and, in turn, the urgency of doing everything in our power to protect it. Words alone can't come close to doing that. 
-- Eileen Claussen, President
Pew Center on Global Climate Change

Diane Burko is a photographer and painter concerned with representing the ever changing majesty, vastness, and epic character of the natural world. Her fascination with the edges of continents, volcanoes, glaciers, and hot springs can be seen throughout her work along with her interest in climate change. This interest has manifested in Burko's 2010 project, Politics of Snow, a series of paintings based in historical photographs of geological sites over time that dramatically illustrate changes to each area due to global warming. Though she originally painted solely in plein air she now also uses photographs as inspiration for her paintings and creates photographs for exhibition as well.


Burko often travels internationally in search of subjects for her photographs and paintings. She has traveled to and worked in Iceland, Italy, Costa Rica, and Giverny, France among other international locations. Additionally, she has visited parts of the United States including New Orleans, the Grand Canyon, Hawaii, and Alaska for her work. Burko lives part-time in Philadelphia and part-time in Point Pleasant, where she also works in dialog with the local landscape.

The James A. Michener Art Museum has exhibited Burko's work in a number of exhibitions including "Diane Burko: Flow," (2006) and "Creative Hand, Discerning Heart: Story, Symbol, Self, Part One" (2012).

Video by Jim Thornton for Michener Art Museum,Creative Hand, Discerning Heart, artists videos, 2012



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