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Local artist is one of five whose work is seen on TV drama ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’

April 23, 2008|By Joyce Rudolph

Next time you tune in to watch “McSteamy” or “McDreamy” and friends on the TV show “Grey’s Anatomy,” take a look past the pretty doctors and you’ll likely see a the work of local watercolor artist Connie Towns Burr.

The Glendale resident and Burbank gallery owner is one of five artists whose work graces the walls on the set.

Towns Burr paints mostly florals, but she also does landscapes and seascapes.

“I bring in subjects from my garden and neighbors’ gardens,” she said. “My favorite plants to paint are hydrangea, roses and hibiscus.”

On “Grey’s Anatomy,” her florals can be seen on the walls of patients’ rooms, nurses’ stations and the intensive care unit. The calming colors and subjects are perfect for the set locations, said Nicole Cramer, who is the buyer for the show’s set decorator.

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“The colors she uses are purples, pinks and greens,” Cramer said. “Her subjects are florals, tulips and stargazers.”

So far, the show has purchased 16 watercolor prints from Towns Burr, the most recent purchase of 11 paintings was made on April 17, Cramer said.

“We usually use from four to six per room, and we use them in almost every episode,” Cramer said. She’s such a sweet lady. I just adore her. She’s accommodating and the prices are great. People have commented on the set how beautiful they are.”

The prints run between $35 and $175, while her original paintings cost between $375 and $2,475.

Towns Burr has been painting watercolors for 26 years, she said. Although she received a degree in art, she taught herself to paint with watercolors, she said, adding they didn’t offer the class when she was in school. She just opened her first art gallery, Towns Burr Gallery, on Feb. 16 in Burbank.

She chose Magnolia Boulevard as the location because her husband, Bruce Burr, had had so much success with his commercial photography business, Burr Photography, on Magnolia Boulevard for 15 years.

“So I thought it was a good location to open my gallery,” she said.

For now, her paintings and her husband’s photographs are on display, but she said they are considering opening it up to other artists.

“But it will be down the road a bit,” she said.

Other than the studio, Town Burr sells her work mostly to women, she said, who put them in their bedrooms, kitchens and bathrooms.

“I think they do that because they are very soothing to look at,” she said.


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