Dutton routinely participates in area festivals and art shows. The painter also offers his skills in a number of workshop settings. A photo gallery of Dutton's Hain House images is available in our photo gallery section and readers can visit his website at www.duttonwatercolor.com. He lives about 10 miles north of Columbia.
Q: Most artists I've come across cite other artists as inspirations. Is this the case with you? If so, who, how and why?
A: William Turner an English Watercolorist, the Impressionist, and John Marin an American Watercolorist.
Q: Are you trying to convey a message with particular pieces?
A: As an artist I believe the massage of art is in the eye of the beholder. When I look and artwork it is one way, it's to see the world though another person's 'eye' vision.
Q: At what point in your life did art grab hold of you and when did you make it a career choice?
A: I've always like to draw but art was not available in public school at that time. I then went to college as a pre-med student and took an art course. The rest is history.
Q: Aside from watercolor and oil, are you involved in any other visual art form?
A: I have worked in most art forms and materials but have gravitated to painting as the expression of choice.
Q: Why do you gravitate toward watercolor?
A: The freedom and fluid expressions of watercolor plus the challenge is what I like.
Q: I noticed several locomotives at the Hain House. Is this something you have an affinity for?
A: I have always like locomotives and trains since I was a child. I assume the power and motion of the machines is what I like.
Q: How has your art changed over your career?
A: Art has changed with more people doing artworks and the general popularity of art.