M.L. Burdick is a contemporary abstract painter who lives and works on the Central Coast of California. Her mixed-media work combines alcohol-based ink, acrylic, and oil pigments to make abstract paintings inspired by the microscopic world.
These works reflect the artist's deep interest in natural processes. Details, detached from context, produce abstract and inspiring components. From the small to the large, from the muted to the vivid, every painting begins with the same basic materials. The end results range widely, and while always in the domain of the abstract, the paintings are often strangely realistic. Burdick's highly intuitive process uses diverse painting techniques applied spontaneously. This free and impulsive painting style allows the energy of both the forms and the colors to fully emerge. xxx Each object, every thought, has its own energy and frequency. Painting, for me, is a way to capture this essence. It is a dialog between me, the materials and the moment. There is no effort to make a painting be, do, or feel a particular anything. Born in New England in 1963, I started painting at age five and stopped when I was twelve. After living in Europe for 17 years I returned to the US and started painting again in 2011. During the period in between my focus was black and white photography. I am a graduate of Walnut Hill High School For the Arts and received a BA in Art from Manhattanville College in 1985. Both my love of color and the fluidity of the process underpin my paintings.