Barton does not remember a time when he did not paint or draw. He originally planned to follow a career in art but events propelled him onto a different course that found him working in industry.
Apart from a year studying fine art at Wolverhampton University he is largely self-taught. He paints in both oils and pastels but has more recently returned to printmaking. He follows a figurative tradition in his work. He is a lifelong hill walker and climber so it is not surprising that the landscape, particularly of mountains and moorlands forms a major subject of his work.
Click on the image below to watch Malcolm at work.