I was born and grew up in Oxford, North Carolina; attended University of North Carolina briefly before graduating with a degree from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California. I enjoyed a successful illustration career of 31 years before attempting to become a full-time historical painter. I suppose I was ready to choose my own subject matter; to paint something that wasn't an art director's idea to help sell a product. I had really enjoyed working with the book division of The National Geographic Society, where I learned their belief in going the extra mile to be sure, through research, that the art work is as correct as possible — that it will stand the test of time. I liked that maybe my art could have more meaning than it had all those years in advertising.
Since I live in Western Pennsylvania, how could I not be enthusiastic about the aura radiating from the rocks and rivers that witnessed the 21 year old George Washington, his scout and interpreters, and the natives that stalked them. Right here in my backyard, so to speak, so much had happened that influenced the course of a developing America of the 18th century. How could I not want to paint it? In 1994, I began.
My wife Noralee and I at the
Masters of the American West show in California.
"I began collecting John Buxton's paintings with his "Deserter in a Tight Spot", a wonderful...
historical scene with an incredible play of light in a dark forest coupled with raw, intense emotion. No one captures light and water in a painting as skillfully as John, and few other painters pay such attention to historic detail -- or can talk about those details with such authority and humor. He has an amazing eye that portrays not just a face or a figure on canvas but captures a real person whose emotions, state of mind or life experiences you can see, sense or feel. He is a true master of historic art. I've added a lot of artists to my collection over the years but none as regularly as John Buxton. He remains a treasured, respected favorite."
Frank Craig, Newspaper Editor
“John Buxton paints the historical East, especially the Eastern Woodland Indians. His technical...
abilities, particularly his sense of lighting and color show his obvious talent, but it is his meticulously researched stories that separate him from artists. John Buxton’s powerful oils are a gift to all who love American history and fine art. We are proud to include John’s brilliantly detailed work in our collection”.
Dieter and Eleanor Weissenrieder
Friends and collectors
"The artwork that resonates with me is the painting or sculpture that tells me the artist...
knew his subject matter and he/she was inspired to convey that feeling or connection to others. The art of John Buxton overwhelmingly meets my standards and, unlike many examples of artwork, continues to excite me. The nuances of subject, composition, and execution often generates a slightly different impression which for historical type artwork is unusual if not unique. What it says to me is that the artist was distilling a vast personal knowledge of the subject and was giving the viewer the opportunity for continuing discovery of those subtleties. The result for me is that once I own it I don't want to part with it, yet I am always wanting to share the viewing with others. This is the essence of collecting, that is to share and not just to own."