Posts Tagged ‘Let me paint a picture’

Michael Burton new preview video for his book “Let Me Paint a Picture”

June 23, 2012

This is a book I self published and revised about 2  years ago. The idea to create and publish a book came from my mother after reading two of my written works. The first was “let me paint a picture” which turned out to be the title and epilogue for the book, and Struggle through seasons” a very personal but creative piece about my life.

It took a little over a year to complete the book, and was hard to categorize it since it was put together a little differently than the average book. I settled for calling it a creative memoir. I wrote, illustrated and published, Let Me Paint A Picture: My Life, Growth, and Testimony. The book has given me an even bigger picture about my career and life. Realizing another side of me that loves writing poetry and heavily conscious lyrics. Also, I knew I had a testimony to share with others; especially knowing God had granted me a second chance in life at such an early age; and why I’m so passionate about using my gifts and creating with purpose.

I peeled away at the layers of my life; touching on topics such as: Love, relationships, family, survival, dreams, goals, growing, life and death; journeying from child, to teen and adulthood,

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Micahel Burton Art Exhibit at Classic Cinemas(North Riverside Mall Movie Theater)

February 4, 2012


FROM:  Falk Associates

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Celebrate Black History Month

With North Riverside Mall Theatre’s

February Art Display

Chicago Artist To Display Work in Theatre Lobby

Throughout the Month of February



North Riverside, IL – Some artists illustrate the work of writers. Michael Burton “Urban Rockwell” handled both sides of the equation in “Let Me Paint a Picture,” a self-published book of stories and poems. Acrylic paintings and works of graphite on paper from that book are among the works he’ll be showing throughout the month of February 2012, Black History Month. Visitors to the North Riverside Mall Theatre, located at 7501 West Cermak Road, can see these along with examples of Burton’s earlier works on display in the lobby exhibit space.

Burton has been drawing and painting for most of his young life, and says he was inspired to become an artist by his late father Michael Burton, “the first artist I ever knew.” Burton began seriously pursuing art while recuperating from a cancer diagnosis. As an artist, he has a realistic, stylized approach; exploring various subject matter as well as different mediums.

“I love to capture the beauty of nature, landscapes, and illustrating the human figure in beautiful environments that tell thought provoking stories, Burton says. “I also believe that crafting art can change the world.”  Burton studied his craft at Olive Harvey Jr. College and the American Academy of Art. His work can also be seen at


Each month, the North Riverside Mall Theatre provides lobby space to display the works of local artisans. Classic Cinemas, based in Downers Grove, Illinois, is a family-owned company operated by Willis, Shirley and Chris Johnson. Established in 1978, Classic Cinemas operates 13 theatres with 100 screens in 12 communities in the Chicagoland and northern Illinois area. For more information on Classic Cinemas or the North Riverside Mall Theatre, please visit