Gerard M Burns was born in Glasgow. He studied drawing and painting at the Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 1983. Burns has had a successful teaching career, leaving his post as Principle of Art at Glasgow’s St Aloysius College to focus full time on painting. He has completed commissions for a number of private and commercial collections, notably his painting The Rowan which hangs in the Scottish Parliament. The artist says of his work: ‘my goal is realism, but it’s by increasingly abstract means that realism is attained’.