An acrylic tribute: Paintings honor military grandfather

Aaron Sutton
Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 04:20 PM.

As the Memorial Day holiday approached, Aaron Sutton's grandfather was on his mind.

Sutton's grandfather, Clophas Sutton (1925-2012), was a veteran of World War II, and he died last year.

Wanting to do something to honor his memory, Sutton did what he does best: he picked up his paint brush and began to paint.

His grandfather had been a Navy man and worked on the ship's radios in the South Pacific. Sailing the high seas was different for him, as he had grown up in landlocked Oklahoma , then moved to Texas .

"I thought about the water as something we had in common and decided to paint the ocean as a tribute to him. I believe he would have liked that. Being at the ocean is different for us," said Sutton.

But Sutton did not want this special tribute to be just another painting. He wanted it to stand out in a large way, as a fitting tribute to a special man in his life.

So, he took the work large scale. Using a multiple layering technique and acrylic paints, he finished five large 3-feet by 6-feet paintings of the ocean.

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