Being born and raised on a ranch in western North Dakota, Kaye Burian finds her western way of life easy to portray. Many times she has drawn from her rodeo and ranching background to give her paintings an authentic and realistic look.
Ranching is still a part of her life a she and her husband, Myran, own and operate Lazy 77 Ranch, near Manning, North Dakota. Their ranch is home to a commercial red and black angus herd of cattle, they own a few American Quarter Horses as well. These surroundings help Kaye encounter the natural world and its inhabitants and portray them in her art.
Kaye exhibits at the America's Horse in Art Show and Sale at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and Museum in Amarillo, Texas.
She also does numerous commission paintings. Her work is represented by The Capital Gallery, Bismarck, North Dakota and The Capital Gallery West, Medora, North Dakota.
Burian's work is on display at the MonDak Heritage Center during the Confluence of Creativity exhibit through July 27.
Q&A with Burian
How or why did you get started in art?
I have always been interested in art and drawing since the time I was small. I started drawing simple animals with circles and sticks.
After being encouraged by others I studied art and have a BS Degree in Art.
What are your goals as an artist?
My goals are to be the best I can be as an artist. I have accomplished some goals but there is always more and bigger things to do.
Tell us about your entry in the MonDak Heritage Center Art Show.
I have developed an appreciation and love for horses, since the time I was a child. I cannot remember not having a horse or riding.
With the knowledge I have acquired about their conformation and habits, I use them as one of my main subjects. The painting which
I entered in the MonDak Show is entitled "The Bay". We have American Quarter Horses which I like to photograph and use as my subjects.
I like to see a horse with a kind eye and good structure.
What do you like to do beside art?
Living on a ranch, gives me the opportunity to be around animals. I like to spend time riding horse and photographing them in their element.