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Ron Burns

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Over 20 years ago, artist Ron Burns picked up a paint brush for the first time and started painting as a release from the corporate world where he was running his Los Angeles based marketing and design studio. It was only a couple of years later, in his quest to find what truly inspired him, that he looked down into the eyes of his newly rescued puppy Rufus that began his fine art career of painting bright, colorful, loving dogs.

It wasn't until he sold a few paintings of the family four-legged-kids, that his wife, Buff, said she could no longer part with the paintings and so, once more, Ron found himself looking for inspiration. he found it next, when taking a trip to the local animal shelter while on vacation in Aspen. After painting several of the dogs and selling the paintings, he donated a percentage back to the shelter beginning what Ron calls, "Art is Going to the Dogs."

He might have remained content painting only shelter dogs, but on September 11, 2001 after taking his morning run, he turned on the TV to see the world change forever. As he watched the events unfold he saw the story of Sirius, the explosive-detection dog that lost his life in Tower II. He reached out to David Lim his handler which lead to the painting of Sirius and then on to meeting pet therapy dogs and search and rescue dogs involved in the tragedy.

Since then Ron has painted numerous dogs that have survived insurmountable odds, dogs that devote their lives through their service to humans as well as continuing to portray the beauty of rescued dogs and the much loved family member.

His work has been seen throughout the media world from CNN to Time magazine, collected around the world and honored by various awards. It is now fair to say that he has accomplished what few artists have; and that is an art movement. Today artists around the world see his art and are inspired to paint like Burns. Who could ever have imagined, that looking down into his best friend forever's eyes could have changed his life so drastically as well as the art world.

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