"John Buxton was born in the small southern town of Oxford, North Carolina. He
excelled at art from childhood. After two years of general college in his
home state, he earned his art degree from the Art Center College of Design in
Los Angeles, California.
He was a successful illustrator for 31 years, working in Detroit, Cleveland
and Pittsburgh. During this time, he illustrated two books for the National
Geographic Society and developed a fascination with documentation and truth in
art. In 1994 he left illustration and began painting subjects more personal
to his interests.
Buxton soon began exhibiting his painting, placing two works in the
Birds in Art show at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. Northlight Books
later reproduced these two paintings in The Best of Wildlife Art 2 by Rachel
Rubin World. He entered, and placed in the Top 100 in the Arts For The Parks
competition. The Society of Animal Artists elected him to membership and
invited him to show in their national exhibitions. He exhibited with the
American Academy of Equine Artists before settling into his true niche:
Buxton s historical images of the 18th century often depict scenes
from the birth of our nation, allowing the viewer to witness momentous events
or experiences from everyday life of the frontier. Many historical sites
display Buxton s extensively researched works and several documentary films
have been aired that featured his paintings. Buxton s paintings are available
as a CD Teaching Aid for educators wishing to give students a more intimate
view of America s historical heritage, effectively making history come alive.
His original paintings and commissioned works are in great demand. Buxton
exhibits his original art at Settlers West Galleries in Arizona, Gallery One
of Ohio and Lord Nelson s Gallery in Gettysburg. Buxton has shown his artwork
at the Gilcrease Museum and his largest painting; a life-size standing
portrait of Abraham Lincoln hangs in a place of honor at the National Civil War Museum.