Rhonda C.R. Burton, born in Indianapolis, Indiana grew up in Los Angeles. Mostly self-taught, she took classes and learned to paint at The Brentwood Art Center in Los Angeles and soon began teaching watercolor painting at the school. She was accepted into The National Watercolor Society, Women Painters West and several other groups. Several years later, divorced and the mother of 2 young children, she put her art career on hold and began working in management in the securities industry for a large bank.
After several decades in the corporate world, her reentry into art began with photography. As a painter and teacher of watercolor many years earlier, she painted mostly floral arrangements. In her current and most recent works, her subject matter has returned to the comfort of the garden, as it reminded her of the years she spent in the garden with her grandfather.
Her subject matter while still floral, were photographic images printed on acrylic sheets and backed with a brushed aluminum. This gave a very contemporary and often a textured look to her work. She began to show her work again with local art groups and in galleries. In 2017 the First Place prize in the Photo, Digital & Cartoon Category was awarded to her “Pink & Blue Succulent” from the Pacific Art Guild in Los Angeles. After experiencing some very serious health issues in 2018, she is focusing again on creating art. Her work was accepted and was a finalist in both the Annual Skies Exhibition as well as in the Leaves & Petals Fusion Art Exhibition.
Early in 2019, she joined The Brittany Davis Gallery in Ojai, CA. She has participated in a number of group shows at the gallery and was a featured artist in September that year. At the end of last year her work began to change again, while her imagery remained the same, her photographs are now printed on archival fine art paper and hand embellished with color pencil, mounted on painted wooden panels and covered with acrylic. She is also experimenting with adding various sizes of the same image set at different angles, often times reflecting the growth of the plant.