While we have members in over a hundred countries around the world, some of our members are right here in our hometown of Muncie, Indiana.
We have grown close to so many of the wonderful artists in our world-wide community – praying for those suffering from natural disasters, accidents, or the loss of family and friends. We have given shouts of congratulations to many who have won awards or sold work for the first time.
The Master Oil Painting Community supports, encourages and lifts one another. We love each of you. Sometimes that also means mourning for the loss of one of our beloved members.
Today we share the sad news that one of our members, and close friend, passed away this week. It’s likely that you know her too, whether from in-person interaction or conversations through the Facebook Group, she was influential and loved by many.
Susie Burns was not just our good friend, but a very vocal and loyal member of Master Oil Painting from the very beginning. She was well known throughout Muncie Indiana and the region as a fantastic painter and art teacher. She was quick to help other artists and has blessed the lives of countless students.
Many of you will recognize her name because she was active in the Mastering Oil Painting Facebook group. Her critiques and advice were thoughtful and always with the best interest of others at heart.
About a year ago her kidneys began to fail. My youngest son Enoch and I went to visit her a few weeks ago at her home. She couldn’t get up for lack of strength, but her mind and personality were as strong and vibrant as ever.
Our family will greatly miss her. She was a true friend to us and to the art world. It will always be an honor to call her my friend.
A couple of years ago Kristie and I went to one of her show openings and fell instantly in love with her painting of chickens. It has brought our family so much joy and happy memories. Our daughter Danni, who raises chickens, is excited to one day hang the painting in her own home.
Susie was passionate about art and teaching because it brought her tremendous joy. Her life was a testament to the power of art to make this world a more beautiful place to live. She certainly brightened our lives through her art.
We pray for each of you who are mourning or suffering and hope our community can continue to be a strong source of love and support.
Thank you for your kindness and for making our art community such a friendly and uplifting experience! We thank Susie and each of you for enriching the world through your art and your giving hearts.
I am so sorry for your – and our – loss. The tapestry of life has lost a rich thread.
Condolences to The Master oil Fraternity and especially Family n Friends of Late Susie Burns.
Rest in Peace.
So sad, she will be missed for sure. The choir…wow, great message, gave me goosebumps! Bless you and your family.
A great loss for everyone.😪☹️
I’m so sorry, Bill. What a beautiful tribute you have written.
To you, to our wonderful Masters art community heartfelt condolences. To Ron and family my thoughts and prayers are with you as you walk through this process of losing a person who is a so integral part of your life.
A great loss to the Artist Community and especially to you and your family, as she was a close friend.
I have watched her doing her tutorials on your website and am sad and sorry for the big loss of a fantastic artist.
Prayers for the loss of your friend. You not only a talented artist, but write well. I am sure her family appreciate your kind words.
The comments and wonderful testament to the beautiful person that Susie was and will always be in their memories is a testament to how communal, healing, strengthening and spiritually uplifting the creative spirit is. Susie will live on in the hearts and minds of all who came in contact through one means or another and her creative spirit is forever expressed through her work. The lovely thoughts and words remembering Susie’s life and contribution will reverberate in the hearts and minds of those left to carry the banner of hope, beauty and community in spirit. Creativity is evident in the lives of those who find holistic health and meaning to our lives…Thank you Bill, and thank you, Susie.
I am so sorry she is gone. I will miss her help in my journey as an artist but so blessed for her suggestions pushing me to be better. She will be remembered.
My deepest Condolences
Sorry to have such talent gone. My condolences to family and friends and all the artists that enjoyed her talent.
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I’m so sorry, very sad news . She will be missed…