Greg Mason Burns


rEvolution: My First Museum Exhibit

These past few years have been a real struggle. I guess I knew what I was getting into when I left my comfy job in the healthcare finance world, but I didn’t know just how challenging the early years would be. In fact, I’m not out of the water yet, but next week marks the beginning of the next step forward. Of course, I hope there are many more steps like this in the years to come. From healthcare finance to a museum exhibit in just a couple of years, that’s what I call progress. I will be exhibiting at

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Behind the Painting: Iglesia en La Serena

I started working with watercolors a few weeks ago, and today I finished my 11th painting, of which only two are worth presenting. The learning curve has proven to be steep but not tiresome. This painting is the 11th attempt and one of the two that I believe is worthy of satisfaction. It is called Iglesia en La Serena and it’s based on a photo I took while visiting La Serena, Chile a few years ago. I took this photo knowing that I would someday paint it. This was when I was a full time writer and yet to begin

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Behind the Painting: New Year Gift

We were in the early days of the warm Brazilian summer when a collector sent me an e-mail with a photo she had just taken from her bedroom window. Deep in midst of her PhD thesis, the late evening sun had caught her gaze and distracted her long enough to see the distant cityscape slowly turn into dark hues of yellows, oranges, reds, and greys before giving way to the darker blues of the night sky above. It was a reminder to her that her thesis was going take away another summer, her second in two years with last year’s

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How to Run a Successful Kickstarter Campaign

So I recently finished a successful Kickstarter campaing (see here). It was a small project to help raise money to buy frames for an exhibit, and it was my first ever fundraising campaign. Below are some lessons that I learned about how to run a successful Kickstarter campaign, and I hope that they help you in your Kickstarter, or other crowdfunding, campaign. Best of luck to you, and I hope that you more than exceed my success rate.Please note that these tips are only based on my experience, and that others may have better advice. I always feel that I

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Pieces of 2013: an exhibit of my 2013 paintings

We hung the exhibit and it will begin on February 3, 2014. This is the exhibit that’s linked to my Kickstarter Project: Operation Frame. Café Camões is open Mon-Fri until 7pm. It has the best apple pie in Curitiba. Here is the Facebook invite: What to Look for in a Cafe Exhibiting in cafes is always a bit tricky, because people are there for the food and not for the art. However, they generate a lot of traffic with all different types of clients. Yes, some places are more exclusive depending on the neighborhood, but some locations work for

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Operation Frame on Kickstarter a Success…Thanks!

So recently my Kickstarter project, Operation Frame, finished. It was my first Kickstarter campaign, or any fundraising campaign for that matter, and it was a success. I was trying to raise $500 to help pay for frames for my exhibit in February, 2014. My purpose for raising the money was really because I didn’t have enough money to frame the small paintings (all about 20 x 40 cm or slightly smaller) that I’d be exhibiting. If I didn’t raise the money then I wouldn’t have been able to exhibit the paintings with a professional look.As it turns out, I was

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