With watercolors in hand and a number of oil-on-canvases, Richard Dutton impressed the area recently during the Missouri River Festival of the Arts. His work was on Display at Boonville's Hain House prior to each concert. Watercolors portraying abstract landscapes and images of locomotives, along with a few oil-based works, colored the walls of the historic home.

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.