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 Pearl Robison (Burrows) Burns  (1885 - 1958)



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Lived/Active: Oklahoma/Texas/Indiana      Known for: frontier genre, Indian and Southwest landscape painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Shoals, Indiana, Pearl Burns became a painter of Southwest landscapes, genre, and figures and for many years did illustrations, which appeared in "Liberty" magazine.

She was raised in Dalhart, Texas where her stepfather, David Robison, was mayor. He encouraged her to pursue her art talent and to attend the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, which she did from 1912 to 1915. There she studied with Edmund Tarbell and Frank Benson. She later took summer art schools at Harvard University and in Taos at the extension of the University of New Mexico.

In 1918, she homesteaded land in Texhoma, Oklahoma and built a studio on her eighty acre tract from where she recorded life on the Texas and Oklahoma panhandle. Much of her subject matter came from her reading and from stories local people told her. In the 1930s, she also traveled to New Mexico where she did studies of Pueblo Indians, portraits of prominent white persons in Taos, old missions, and churches. In Arizona and Colorado, she painted landscapes.

Memberships included the Taos Art Association, Southern States League, Pen and Brush Club, and Texas Fine Arts Association.

For many years, she also served as editor of the Dalhart Texan newspaper.  In 1937, she married Wade Burrows, and they settled on his ranch north of Texhoma.

Sources include:
Phil Kovinick and Marian Yoshiki-Kovinick, Women Artists of the American West
John and Deborah Powers, Texas Painters, Sculptors, and Graphic Artists

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