John Buxton's technique has come from more than four
decades of education and professional commercial illustration.
But the skill that illuminates and informs his fine art comes
from his personal passion to go that extra mile
it right for all time.
That passion, and compassion, gives John Buxtons historical
paintings a strength, even majesty, that his earlier commercial
work may not havepossessed. Having received his degree from
the Art Center School in Pasadena, California, he lived in
Pennsylvania and illustrated other peoples work while
savoring the history of his home state. But after working
with the book division of The National Geographic Society,
it came time to start thinking about leaving editorial illustration
for something more personal. Finally, it was the power of
choosing his own subjects which helped Buxton take the major
step into fine art.
"I left the commercial field to paint the history of
Western Pennsylvania," he says. Living there, in the
rolling hills, he heard the echo of all that had taken place,
"as it influenced our young America of the 18th century.
It happened right here in my backyard, so to speak."
His long developed technique, combined with his renewed enthusiasm,
couldnt help but speak to viewers, for whom he helped
make history come alive.