The Art of Greg Burns

When you look at Greg Burns’ work, you will be amazed. If you watch Greg Burns at work, you will be equally amazed. “I physically paint with my teeth, but I really paint with my mind,” he said. “The end justifies the means.”

Burns was born with Arthrogryposis, a condition characterized by multiple joint contractures found throughout the body at birth. The major cause of Arthrogryposis is fetal akinesia (decreased fetal movements) due to fetal abnormalities or maternal disorders.

Yet throughout his life, Burns has always kept to one basic principle. “Most of us [people with Arthrogryposis] are determined, head strong and stay busy. We have to be involved in whatever gift we have been given. I have never met anyone with Arthrogryposis that didn’t feel this way,” Burns said.

The gift that Burns has been given is his art. A long-time veteran of sketching and watercolor paints, Burns has spent close to fifty years perfecting his craft. He lives with the understanding that one can never fully master their skill.

“I’m learning everyday. It is important to understand that you can never learn everything about your art,” he said. “Everything I do is practice for the next thing that I am going to do.”

A graduate in fine arts, from the University of Oklahoma, Burns began developing his painting at an early age. In high school he took all the art classes available. After graduation, he spent many late nights taking art classes

Greg has won numerous art competitions, beginning in high school in 1964, then continuing at the University of Oklahoma in 1967, and the Governor’s Art Award for the state of Oklahoma in 1978.

Burns realized years ago that life was going to be somewhat different for him. “It costs a lot to be handicapped. I