BATAVIA — A mix of nature and human expression will be on display at the Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council, 201 East Main St.

Called “Human/Nature,” it’s an exhibition of paintings by David Burke. While Burke has had his artwork in other exhibits before, this is the first time the Bergen native will be showing on his own.

“It’s great, I’m thrilled,” he said. “The show, I call it the ‘Human/Nature’ because my basic inspiration is nature. ... Also in the last three or four years, I’ve been getting into painting people.”

Burke has been painting all his life. He said he started painting full time five or six years ago. Burke uses acrylic paints, finding them easier to use than oil. The portraits are both those of people he knows and famous people.

“I was always experimenting,” he said. “I always had a fear of painting people, like portraits. But the more I do it, the more I really, really enjoy it.”

Burke said he would go for several years and not do any artwork. Then he would paint for a year or so before having another large gap. Lately, the more Burke paints, the more he has to keep doing it.

But he said he has always loved doing art since he was young. When Burke was 10 or 11 years old, he started oil painting.

“It always feel wonderful to express yourself in color,” he said. “I like doing bigger paintings, which makes it more difficult for storing them.”

Between his gallery and the Batavia Society of Artists Member Exhibit – on view at GO ART! through Oct. 28 , he has 37 paintings on display.

Burke said for him, looking at paintings should make people feel something. That’s why he does the art.

David Burke will be having an opening reception from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. today in the Tompkins Bank of Castile and Insurance Main Gallery at GO ART! The exhibition will be on display until Oct. 29.

Regular gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

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