During my 30 years of doing photography of every type, from corporate to table-top, and studying the work of others who share my passion for the photographic arts, rarely have I come across an eye as visually rich, sensitive and creative as that of Bruce Burtch.His gorgeous, provocative images never fail to capture the subtle essence -- color-wise, composition-wise, meaning-wise -- underlying a scene, be it the fiery sunrise illuminating a Death Valley sand dune, the light of Italy or the subdued hues of a delicate flower's translucent petals.His nourished eye for detail and color and patterns allow him to perceive, and organize, seemingly disparate elements into a flowing whole, guiding the observer to see and appreciate far more than tends to "meet the normal eye."
Bruce has an innate ability to see what most of us can't see, and then rearrange it through his camera's lenses into (photographic) art just because he perceives the world differently. J. David Pincus, Ph.D. Second Prize Winner, National Geographicís Traveler's Photo Contest Finalist, Smithsonian Magazine 2004 Photo Contest Professor, Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas Each year, hundreds of artists apply to the Mill Valley Art Commission to be juried for the nationally recognized and highly attended art shows sponsored by the Commission.In 2004, the Commission had the opportunity to view for the first time, the work of fine art photographer, Bruce Burtch.
The Commission was overwhelmed by the quality and beauty of Bruceís work, voting unanimously to offer him a solo show.Solo shows are unusual for a new artist; the Commissionís granting of a solo show to Bruce is a tribute to great talent. His work is spectacular, displaying stunning expressions of light and shadow, mood and serenity. The Mill Valley Art Commission is proud to sponsor Bruce Burtch in his debut in Mill Valley.His work stands on its own as an outstanding collection of fine art photography. Maureen Machanich, Chairperson Mill Valley Art Commission
I have had the great pleasure of working with photographer Bruce Burtch over the past several years, and have watched his extraordinary talent grow to a professional level in all aspects of his work. Bruce is currently organizing a collection of high caliber fine art photographers to present their work in association with the Marin Arts Council. I can think of no better photographer to coordinate such an effort.He is highly respected by other artists as well as by the staff and board ofthe Arts Council. He has served as a panelist in the selection of community art grantees for the Council, working with peers and with community representatives to select projects by other artists. The quality of Bruce's photographic images inspires both patrons and other photographers alike. He has been a part of some of Marin County's finest art events - no small accomplishment in a county known for the large number of excellent professional artists. Jeanne Bogardus Executive Director, Marin Arts Council It is terrific, very sensual work.My favorites are the dunes and the flowers, but it's all good. Jim Shay Artist, Architect Past President, Marin Arts Council