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John Buxton

Birth place or City of origin: Oxford
State of origin: NC
Last known City: Alison Park
Last known State: PA
Start/Birth date: 1939
Death/End date:

During his childhood in North Carolina, Buxton explored the woods near his home whenever he could. When bad weather kept him indoors, he drew all day. His love of art grew into his determination to become an artist, leading him to earn a Bachelor of Professional Arts from the Art Center College of Design in California. He became a respected illustrator winning many awards during his thirty-one year career. Among his most memorable clients was the National Geographic Society: he was greatly influenced by their insistence on complete accuracy--it struck a chord.

After moving to the woodland hills of western Pennsylvania, Buxton became interested in the events that had shaped the region’s history. He researched the area’s historical events, attending historical reenactments and meeting historians. By the 1990s, he had found his calling: a life completely absorbed in 18th century lore.

Buxton’s carefully researched paintings have been used in numerous museums and historical sites display his work.

Biography courtesy of the Eiteljorg Museum (


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