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September 2018

An email received this summer from a former client - Much appreciated


"Dear Ms. Burton,


Just thought it might be interesting for you to see one of your old paintings. I purchased this from an exhibit that you were having in a small gallery in Cabbagetown years ago. I have been living in Switzerland the last ten years and this painting has travelled with me everywhere I go. It has lived in NYC and also Munich for years. I have enjoyed it always. It seems to differ a lot from your paintings of late. 


Greetings from Rapperswil on Lake Zürich,


Eileen Radostits"

The Pleasure Principle


What motivates some individuals to seek the path to creativity? The answers are as diverse, as numerous as the forms that artistic endeavours pursue.  Some need to express anger, frustration or sorrow at life. Others to reflect periods in history either politically or narratively. Then there are those who strive to achieve beauty, a complex and mysterious quality. Beauty, as the saying goes, is in the eye...  No matter your motivation, creation requires the artist to put subjective concerns aside.


Many artists marvel at the feeling they get upon regarding their own work, that some spirit came and made it when they weren’t watching. Such a pleasurable sensation, putting all conscious thinking aside, just losing oneself in layering colours, creating texture, drawing lines dictated by the soul, then standing back, regarding. How did it happen? Is the act all the same, placing notes or words in succession, feeling clay under your hands, or the resistance of materials? A marvel. A joy experienced by the creator.  We must not be overcome by frustration or disappointment in the object’s production. It is the act that is so pleasurably profound.


In this series of works I have concentrated on manifestations of beauty and joy in my daily experiences. Please share.


Alice Burton 2019


October 2016

Museum installation

The Arthur Child Heritage Centre of the 1000 Islands

In the Summer months I spend a good deal of time at my studio on the St. Lawrence river, the inspiration of much of my work. I have become involved with the very charming Heritage Museum in Gananoque.

As part of their permanent collection, they have a fabulous model of a Victorian cottage totally furnished in the period. It is portrayed standing by the river’s edge in a group of birch, which are illustrated by an enlarged segment of my painting 

Night Watch.”

July 2017

May 2015



at 401 Richmond Street West


Alice Burton will have an open studio.


Saturday May 23, 10 am to 5 pm.



March 2015

April 2015




Article by Susan W. Smith


"How do you capture an inspired view of the River? In memories? Perhaps digitally, or yesterday on film?  Alice Burton’s memories are captured on canvas and exhibited in art galleries, close to home in Toronto and Montreal, or touring in New York,  Europe, and South America."         more...




April 2014

A special commission