Artist Statement Submitted 2014Burton Howell grew up in the swamps of Louisiana. His family cultivated his interest in the arts. His father took him to art exhibits in New Orleans, while his mother introduced him to drawing at a young age. At the same time, his uncle, who is a graphic artist, inspired his imagination. It was during college that Burton’s passion for art was nurtured and realized as he was introduced to the French revolutionary masters, as well as the ideas of the impressionists and post-impressionists. While Burton’s admiration of the impressionist’s does not always show up in his work, their use of painting light influences him when he describes light on his canvas. Similarly, He is also influenced by Caravaggio’s use of chiaroscuro. Burton uses the contrast of dark and light to create volume as well as space and depth.