I won’t deny that for all the headaches that come with my job, there are some pretty great perks that come with it as well. One of the greatest perks is the opportunity to meet and get to know very interesting people on a daily basis. In some cases, incredible friendships ensue. I am one of many folks in Oklahoma City who grew up falling in love with the work of artist Greg Burns. As someone who loves history and architecture, I’m pretty much the sort of guy who was destined to end up with several of Greg’s works on display in my home (my most treasured is a limited edition print of City Hall). My family still has a Greg Burns print of the old Western Avenue Graffiti Bridge – with the names of my sisters, brother, myself and parents all added into the mix of “tags” (a special addition Greg used to do at festivals if my memory still serves me well). Greg has, with his watercolors and pencils, created a great artistic history of our city and state over the past 40 some-old years.
A few years ago, a mutual acquaintance made an introduction – and I’ve counted Greg as a friend ever since. With all the changes going on with the downtown skyline, I knew it was just a matter of time before Greg would create new paintings our city. I’m flattered that he’s allowing me to share this one with OKC Central readers, and I look forward to driving around with Greg in the near future to discover other “new views” of our city.