Barton is one of northern Michigan's most collected artists and is known for his post-impressionist stylings of bold brushstrokes and bright colors that capture the essence of the area with a highly detailed yet imaginative and painterly approach.
Barton is an avid plein-air painter and is active on the art show circuit. Among his awards are second place, 2013 Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum - People of Mackinac Exhibition; Best of Show, 2012 Petoskey Art in the Park; Best of Show, Charlevoix Circle of the Arts, May 2012. In ninth grade, he won Artist of the Year at Harbor Springs High School.
He also created the 2011 and 2012 Mackinac Island Lilac Festival posters and the 2012 Charlevoix Venetian Festival poster. He is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society.