Heather Burton

headshot of heather burtonI paint the things that I love and inspire me. I have always been in awe of the beauty of the world and the people and animals in it. Connecting to others, nature and capturing the moments that inspire me is what I strive to share in my paintings.

Whether a landscape, still life, figure, or animal I want to express the emotional response that has been stirred in me, hopefully evoking a personal response in the viewer.

I attended Syracuse University for design and after graduation became a graphic artist, web designer and developer. In 2006 I decided to go back to school for my master’s in Painting and Illustration driven by a desire to show my son that he should pursue his passion.

I attended the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Since graduating in 2010 I have been teaching art and painting full time. I have always loved and been drawn to horses and other animals and in graduate school, I combined my love of painting with my love of horses and started focusing on painting horses in motion.

Having grown up in upstate NY, I began painting thoroughbreds at Saratoga and upon moving to Maui, transitioned to painting polo ponies.I met my husband, a fantastic Colorado artist in 2014 while he was in Maui for an art show. in 2015 my son and I moved to Colorado. I am so excited to be living where beautiful landscapes, horses, and wildlife are abundant sources of inspiration. My two amazing, unique, and beautiful children are also a constant source of inspiration.

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