An acrylic tribute: Paintings honor military grandfather

Published: Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 04:20 PM.

Another thing that is different about this new body of work is the contemporary abstract style.

"It's a lot more expressive than most of the work I have done in the past," he said. "Most of my past work has not been so loose."

Each of the five paintings are different and done in different colors, but one thing they have in common is they all have elements of the ocean.

Sutton finished the project on time and had them at The Blue Giraffe in WaterColor to exhibit in time for Memorial Day. They are still there, and he said the WaterColor Inn has spoken of wanting to take them across the road to adorn their walls. But all would still be available to purchase.

"My grandfather and I were close," said Sutton. "He instilled in me an entrepreneurial spirit. After he came out of the Navy, he owned grocery stores and never worked for anyone. I wanted to do these for the artistic challenge of it, to see what I could accomplish, and for him."

For more information visit,, or call The Blue Giraffe at 231-5112. The Blue Giraffe also carries other pieces of Sutton's work.

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