Painter long on creativity – The San Diego Union

If it catches her eye, Phebe Burnham will take a picture and immortalize the image into one of her many paintings. Or, her artist’s eye will see the value in combining two photographs into one painting to tell a story.

Burnham, 95, has been the Foothills Art Association’s featured artist this month, with paintings on display in its gallery from some of her earliest works to her more recent pieces. She’s developed her own style over the years, using a mixed media process of pastel paper, gouache, India ink and pastels. This method gives her work a bright, rich color and stark texture.

She lives in El Cajon and has lived in East County, where they had children and he eventually became an early president of Grossmont College, since she and her late husband moved to San Diego from Massachusetts in 1950. She used to

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