Aaron Sutton Paints SoWal From A Unique Viewpoint
April 24, 2012 by Marla Burns
You don’t have to be able to see the full color spectrum to be able to create beautiful artwork that appeals to even the most discerning critics. Aaron Sutton has been drawing and painting since elementary school, when his parents recognized early on that their son had a special artistic talent that needed to be developed and honed. “I guess my first real excitement came when I won ‘best of show’ out of all the third graders in Houston, at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. They had a big art contest at the rodeo, so I drew a Western scene with horses, gunfighters, and mountains and won the contest. That definitely made a huge impression on me,” says Sutton.
Aaron hasn’t let his color perception affect him. Color blindness is quite common and is seldom the absence of all color. In a vast majority of cases, it is the inability to distinguish the differences between certain colors. It is caused by an absence or reduction of sensitivity in the pigments located in one of three cone cells, the layer of nerves in the back of the eye. As many as 1 out of every 12 men and 1 out of 200 women have some form of color blindness. Most color vision problems are inherited and are present at birth.
Aaron spent his childhood in Texas as the oldest of four children. During his senior year of high school, he was honored with the Gold Key Portfolio award for being one of the top local high school artists of 1999. This award, which gave him an exclusive scholarship to Texas Tech, started him on his journey to becoming the accomplished artist he is today. He graduated with a Bachelor in Fine Arts, and was offered an opportunity to pursue a Masters in Fine Arts. Instead, he and his wife Emily decided to move to the 30A area where he finds himself artistically inspired by the beauty of the landscapes and seascapes, as well as the people.
“When you come to South walton, there are certainly a variety of people that live here and vacation here. However, the groups that stand out to me the most are the families.
When you combine the elements of family, friends and the surroundings, it provides a wealth of inspiration to create from. When you paint about family, friends and romance, you add a story to the work... it’s no longer just about form and color.”
Aaron’s painting mentor at Texas Tech, Ken Dixon, used to tell him, “don’t worry about color; just paint it the way you see it”. “I always love to joke around with people and say ‘you know I am just thankful they put the color name on the tube so that I know what it is.’ In reality, that helps a lot, but it is a small part of what I have to do. I have done tons of memorization. I also try not to worry about color and paint only by what I feel is ‘warm’ or ‘cool.’ If I can paint feeling this, most of the time the painting is believable because temperature and value is more important than color.”
Aaron paints in acrylics, and has most recently enjoyed painting “En Plein Air” (painting on location) at the State Parks along scenic 30A. Currently, his works can be seen at The Blue Giraffe Gallery in WaterColor (Santa Rosa Beach, Florida), The Artful Giraffe in Sarasota, Florida, and The Lyons Share Gallery, in Fairhope, Alabama. He is happy to do paintings by commission. He can be contacted through his website at www.aaronsutton.com or via phone at 850-687-1341.