Isabelle Burns is an artist and illustrator who focuses on painting nature, and all things magical and whimsical, in a delicate and intricately detailed manner. Through her work, Isabelle explores themes of childhood and nostalgia, focusing on the importance of imagination, which she hopes will appeal to both children and adults alike.
When she was 3, Isabelle was told that drawing the pictures in children’s books was a job she could have. Since then, she has been dead set on seeing her dream come to fruition. Taking inspiration from artists of the Golden Age of Illustration, such as Beatrix Potter and Arthur Rackham, Isabelle works with a variety of mediums, while focusing primarily on painting with watercolours.
Living in the suburbs of Melbourne, Isabelle works on her illustrations in a cozy caravan art studio. Here she may be found drinking numerous cups of tea as attention is demanded of her by Princess Daffodil, a rather chubby and imperious cat.
selected accolades :
2017 : Second Place in the annual Fact or Fiction Portrait Competition
2016 : Awarded Best Children’s Book Illustration by Hardie-Grant Egmont
2015 : Second Place and People’s Choice in the annual Fact or Fiction Portrait Competition
2015 : Second Place in the Artz Blitz, Kingston Arts competition
2015 : First Place in the Marriot Support Services Art Exhibition
2014 : First Place in the ACMI Shaun Tan “The Lost Thing” art competition
2013 : Libris Book Art Awards finalist
2011 : Australian State and Territory finalist in the Doodle for Google competition
2008 : First Place in the Cancer Council Short Story Competition
& selected exhibitions :
2017 : Participated in organising and exhibited works in a group exhibition, titled FLUX
2017 : Participated in organising and exhibited works in a group exhibition, titled MidWay Show
2016 : Participated in organising and exhibited works in a group exhibition, titled Illustre
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