Diploma, School Art Institute Chicago, 1943. Postgraduate, School Art Institute Chicago, 1945.
Owner, silversmith, goldsmith Burkee Jewelry, Blackhawk, Colorado, 1950-1957. Painter, sculptor, Aspen, Colorado, 1957-1978, Cottonwood, Arizona, Pietrasanta, Italy, 1978. Instructor art U. Colorado, 1946, 50-53, Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri, 1947-1949.
John Quincy Adams travel fellow, Mexico, 1945.
Executed copper mural of human history of Colorado for First National Bank, Englewood, Colorado, 1970, copper mural of wild birds of Kansas for Ranchmart State Bank, Overland Park, Kansas, 1974. Exhibited The Art Institute of Chicago Chicago, Smithsonian Institution (award 1957), Milwaukee The Art Institute of Chicago, Krannert Museum, William Rockhill Nelson Gallery, Saint Louis Art Museum, Denver Art Museum.
Represented in southwestern galleries, also private collections throughout United States. Work illustrated in books Design and Creation of Jewelry, Design through Discovery, Walls.
Member National Sculpture Society, Sedona Chamber Music Society (painter yearly festival poster since 1989).
Married Bonnie May Ness, April 12, 1945. Children: Brynn, Jill, Peter (deceased), Ian (deceased).