PUBLISHED: 1:50 PM on Wednesday, April 5, 2006
Watercolor enthusiast captivated by Southeast
An artist was born. Under the direction of her college professor, Arni Anderson, she produced a considerable portfolio of watercolor work-many of which she sold to pay her way through school. A business woman was born.

Her talent for the written word as well as the visual arts landed Burchfield in the field of marketing. Currently she "daylights" as the brand manager for the Alaskan Brewing Company and oversees their promotions and packaging design.

Burchfield collaborated with her husband providing the cover art for his book, "Rip Some Lips," a collection of humorous tales fishing Alaska, also available at the Juneau Artists Gallery. She spent much of this last winter completing an Alaskan children's book, "Gimme, Gimme Moocher Marmots," due out later this year. Burchfield also offers watercolor classes through The Art Department in Mendenhall Valley.

Lost in Alaska Studios is Burchfield's home on self-proclaimed Marmot Bluff just past Five Mile Creek on North Douglas Island.

Courtesy photos Cindy Burchfield enjoys the animals of Alaska and her watercolors displaying that passion is currently on display at the Juneau Artist Gallery.

Courtesy photos Cindy Burchfield's watercolors depicting "happy" animals of Alaska is on display at the Juneau Artist Gallery.

Watercolor enthusiast Cindy Burchfield is the featured artist this April at the Juneau Artist Gallery.

Burchfield has a passion for the Alaskan lifestyle that she and her husband Kevin, a charter boat captain, live to the fullest. The imagery and icons of her travels in Alaska are captured in her watercolors.

She is an avid outdoorsman; fishing, hunting, hiking and exploring the Last Frontier. She has hoisted a 214 pound halibut from the depths of 225 feet, landed and netted two salmon simultaneously aboard her skiff and hunted the remote beaches of the Southeast. She is undeniably Alaskan and has called Juneau home for the last 10 years.

"Guests of the gallery have called my work 'happy,'" Burchfield said. "They take delight as I do in the mischievous eyes of a dungie, the shimmer of a coho and the whimsy of a hoochie. My work plays with the simple things surrounding us every day in the Alaska we get to call home."

Burchfield began painting as a child with her grandmother, Juli Wilson, an accomplished Southwestern oil painter. It was watercolor that landed Burchfield's first museum showing in her early teens.