into a large mercurial East Coast family,
Surry was a voracious reader at an early
age, spending much of her youth in the small
meadows of deep woods, engrossed in many
grand books. While she did not pursue painting
seriously until 1981, Surry has always surrounded
herself with artists and thinkers.
schooling in the art of painting is entirely
that of viewer visiting the Museums of New
York City during the years of her young
adulthood.She is best described as a representational
artist with an impressionistic over-view.
influence of the meadows and deep woods
during Surry Birk's youth is clearly evident
in her paintings.
small woman, passionate but self contained,
ardent and restless, skeptical and suspicious,
who paints with tight frenzy and extravagant
humor. Surry's paintings are delicious with
color and cryptic content.
Birk currently resides in Pennsylvania.
Her paintings are in private collections
throughout the United States.