Wagner House Art Series presents:

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Charles Burt: Walking in My Shoes

July 7 - August 20, 2023

Artist Reception: July 7, 5-7 pm


In Walking in My Shoes, Charles Burt explores the variety of ways he engages with art to express himself. The wide range of materials and mediums in this collection represent the depth and breadth of his interests as an artist. Although he is classically trained as a fine artist with a concentration in oil paintings, Burt has recently expanded his areas of interest to creating found art sculptures, watercolor landscapes, and acrylic pour over paintings, among other styles. Through teaching and working alongside other artists in the Tacoma-Seattle area, Burt has widened the scope of his own knowledge while passing on skills usually siloed inside high-priced institutions.

As a person with Parkinson’s Disease, Burt has learned to adapt his artistic expression to each medium depending on the widely variable severity of his dominant-hand tremors and fatigue. He also incorporates his personal experiences into his works, both as a U.S. Army Veteran and as someone who is determined to deconstruct his faith. He continues to challenge himself to evolve as an artist and hopes to expand his understanding of art while inspiring others to create.


About the artist

After 20 years of active duty service, Charles Burt retired from the Army, but he had a tough time adjusting to the civilian culture. Seeking a way to connect with other disciplined and dedicated people, he met many artists who shared his work ethic and a strong drive to succeed.

From this spark of connection with motivated artists, Burt started taking art courses at the local community college and then went on to complete five years of intensive fine art atelier training at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle. Under the instruction of Juliette Aristides and Tenaya Sims, he felt at home among disciplined artists who were dedicated to their craft.

About a year after retiring from the Army, Burt developed a tremor in his dominant hand and was later diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Painting fine art pieces while battling a tremor is another challenge that he faces head-on. He hopes his art and his life story inspire other veterans to work toward their own goals even after they leave the supportive structures of the military.

Burt currently serves as the Veterans Art Coordinator for Lakewold's Veterans Art Center, leading biweekly group painting sessions.


If you are interested in purchasing any of the artwork, please contact Susan Warner at swarner@lakewoldgardens.org or (253) 970-9538.

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