The intricate detail and incisive lines pierce the spaces of Rhonda Burton’s photographs. Cascading greenery and exuberant blossoms tremble forth from the frames of Burton’s captured images. Burton’s photos reflect a specific Los Angeles character – her succulents and agave brimming with movement and reflecting the slow heat of a desert day, perhaps in an overgrown garden in Pasadena or the Hollywood Hills. Coming to photography from watercolor painting, Burton began her art career early on showing and selling locally, but was pushed into the corporate world by life’s obligations. She has jubilantly relaunched her art career to much acclaim showing in galleries in Los Angeles and winning several awards. Like photographic representations of Georgia O’Keefe’s work, Burton hopes that from her images one can pause for a moment to contemplate the stillness of nature, the universe in a dahlia, the music in a rose petal. Her current body of work reflects a lengthy process in which she hand embellishes photographic images printed on cold-pressed paper. She then uses colored pencils and pastels to strengthen certain aspects and obscure others after which a collage of handmade rice paper is adhered resulting in a painterly effect.
Burton lives and works in Los Angeles.