Sharon A. Burns

Sharon Burns-Knutson is a much-loved Iowa artist who creates landscape paintings in both naturalistic and fantasy style. She works mostly in oil pastels and oils. Born in 1948, she grew up mostly in Cedar Rapids, the only Irish family in a Czech neighborhood, and is the second oldest of five children (a sixth died at age three). Starting at the University of Northern Iowa in chemistry, she later switched to art and received her B.A. in that subject. After teaching for five years, she went to the University of Iowa and received her M.A. and M.F.A. in painting in 1981. In 1988, she completed two more years at Iowa in order to be qualified to teach kindergarten. She taught grade school art part-time in Iowa City for many years.
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