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Burnett July Artist of the Month

Friday, July 6, 2012

Keith Burnett poses with his painting which was selected as the Iowa Pheasants Forever's Print of the Year. Photo by Dan Whitney
Keith Burnett of Glidden is the featured artist at the Cherokee Sanford Museum for the month of July.

Burnett has been painting since he was 12 years old, but says he "first got serious about it about five years ago."

His works, currently on display at the Museum, depict scenes of nature and wildlife, two things Burnett loves. Several of his paintings feature pheasants, and one print was selected as this year's Pheasants Forever Print of the Year in Iowa.

Burnett, 35, is a carpenter and general contractor by trade, and was last in Cherokee when he worked on remodeling the Shell gas station here. He finds his painting helps to relieve some of the stress of everyday life, and he is trying to get his construction business and his painting to share equal time in his life - "50-50" is his goal, but of course, how well his paintings sell may have a lot to say about that.

Burnett and his wife Melissa have one daughter, Jordan, 16.

This is his first showing of his work, and he says it feels good to have it "out for the public to see."

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