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 a 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 and it struck a chord.
After moving to the woodland hills of western Pennsylvania, Buxton became interested in the events that had shaped the region 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 eighteenth-century lore.
Buxton carefully researched paintings have been used in numerous historical documentary films and are displayed at many museums and historical sites.