I was born in Greenville, Mississippi. Much of my early childhood was spent in the countryside of the Delta. After graduating from The Art Institute of Atlanta I built a career in advertising and design. 


I was laid off in 2009 due to the housing crash but relying on my airbrush skills I began painting custom cars for a living. Later I opened a sign & t-shirt shop which was a struggle to get going. But my biggest life challenge was losing my wife of 25 years. In 2014 all my passion for Art died with her death. I simply found no joy in drawing or painting.


Since then, I have been in a slow recovery to regain that spark. In 2017 I remarried to a wonderful woman who is my rock and my inspiration. I’m learning to feel the emotion in Art and explore the colors of a vibrant palette. Like a Phoenix, I will rise from the ashes. Thank you for your support.

Sean Burnley  |  334-531-8044






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LaGrange, GA 30241

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