Painter Greg Burns overcomes rare condition by living through his art

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma (KFOR) — Artist Greg Burns sees potential paintings wherever he goes.

He’s always been good at finding the details that tie everything together.

“The rest of life, to me, is kind of like that,” he says. “You can’t do everything. But you can focus on something, and you can make it interesting.”

Born with a rare condition called Arthrogryposis, Greg’s muscles never did develop normally.

Still, his mother handed him pens, brushes, and a lot of encouragement.

“My mom was the kind of person who didn’t want me to have idle hands or mouth,” he laughs.

His art won contests even before he went to the University of Oklahoma and before he settled on art as a major.

“I was a psychology major,” he says.

Burns found landscapes suited his style best, drawing an ink outline with his hands then filling his canvas with watercolor applies with a paintbrush in his mouth.

“I’ve been doing things like this for a long time,” he says.

Modern technology helps too.

Burns will sometimes sketch outside or just upload a picture he takes with his cell phone. 

The photograph isn’t nearly as important as the detail he provides as an artist.

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