Della Burford

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Della Burford (born in Saskatoon on January 5, 1946) raised in Ottawa, Eston and Edmonton and is a Canadian artist and writer.

Burford has a certificate from NYSID and graduate degrees from the University of Alberta and Queen’s University. Her Sacred Visionary Art has been inspired by dream, different cultures including India, ancient Celtic knowledge, shamanism, and imagination. She was a Design teacher at Humber College North for six years. She has done storytelling, readings, live painting, writing and storytelling workshops at events and schools in Canada and internationally. Her books were plays in New York with Imaginations Unlimited. Two performances were at the Third Street School Settlement in New York and the Smithsonian Institution Discovery Theatre in Washington. She studied shamanistic clowning with Richard Pochinko. She worked decades as an Inner City Angel artist in Toronto. Della was taught painting by her mother Desiree Burford who was a student of Jack Shadbolt. Burford has created 30 years of Visionary “Dream Wheels”. She presently lives on Vancouver Island.


  1. 'Journey to Dodoland’ Los Angeles 1977 Printers Institute of America award Reference 2 In Review : Canadian Books for Young People
  2. ’Magical Earth Secrets’ 1990 Western Canada Wilderness Committee best seller Canada foreword David Suzuki ISBN 1-895123-01-1
  3. ‘Environmental Activity Guide Teacher and Home Study Guide Azatlan Publishing 1992 ISBN 1-895123-01-1
  4. ‘Dodoland Adventures’ 2009 ISBN 978-1-4196-7172-2
  5. ’Miracle Galaxy’ 2009 Eight angels guide one into health and happiness ISBN 978-0-9695611-5-6

See also[edit]


  1. Arts Canada Volume 32 Society for Arts Publications Our Own Studio 587 Markham St. 1975 Show of the paintings of Journey to Dodoland [1]
  2. In Review: Canadian Books for Young People Volume 15 Ontario Provincial Library Services [2]
  3. Smithsonian year: Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution ending in Sept 30th 1984 [3]
  4. Smithsonian Institution Archives: Smithsonian Resident Associate Program, Young Associate Program New York Program Records 1978- 1986 Student Questionnaire for Journey to Dodoland performance. [4][
  5. New York Magazine 12th Nov 1984 P 176 Children Journey to Dodoland A meet the composer day with Larry Karush [5]
  6. New York Magazine 10 March 1986 Secrets of the Rainbow (Magical Earth Secrets will be presented at the Third Street Music School Settlement Larry Karush [6]

External links[edit]

  1. Della Burford interviewed re Book/Play: Video on YouTube
  2. Della Burford interviewed by Inspire Health [7]
  3. Painting Style of Della Burford [8]
  4. Site based around Della Burford’s books [9]
  5. Member page for Della for the Writers Union of Canada [10]