Burton attended Syracuse University for design and after graduation became a web designer and developer. In 2006, she decided to go back to school for her masters in Painting and Illustration at the Academy of Art university in San Francisco. Since graduating in 2010, she has been teaching art and painting full time. In graduate school, she combined her love of painting with her love of horses and started to focus on horses in motion. Burton began painting thoroughbreds at Saratoga and, upon moving to Maui, transitioned to painting polo ponies. Heather moved to Colorado with her family in 2015 and is excited to be living where beautiful landscapes, horses, and wildlife are abundant sources of inspiration.