Biography

AFC,SAA,NWS,MCWA,WW www.ldsutton.com FINE ARTIST 

    Living in the California hills adjacent to protected open space, wildlife subjects and the complementing light of their environments, provides limitless inspiration for this native Californian. Seeking the unique delicate interactions of inhabitants within their environments. Brought up to see color optically, transparent watercolor most generously represents the effects of light, however playing the contrast between opaque and transparent in oils does also. Resulting in often cavorting atmospheric expression with wildlife. Signature memberships include AFC - Artists for Conservation Foundation, SAA - Society of Animal Artists, NWS - National Watercolor Soc., MCWA - California Watercolor Assoc.(master) & WW-Watercolor West and very proud to be accepted as a Founding Master Artist member of the Bennington Center for the Arts Collective. Notable more recent events:

                  The Bennington Collective 1st annual Member show 2017, Bennington,VT

                  Artists for Conservation Festival and annual International Exhibition-Vancouver VanDusen Botanical Garden 2017

            “TREES” a solo exhibition Orinda Arts Council, July 2017

                  California Art Club “Plein Air Perspective”Millard Sheets Art Center, Pamona, CA 2016-17

                  Artists for Conservation 2014 - A Juried International Exhibit of Nature in Art -Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, AZ

                  Artists for Conservation Festival and annual Exhibit  at Grouse MT Vancouver, BC 2011,12,13,14&16

                  Haggin Museum 59th Annual Juried Show 2016 Stockton

                  “Animalia” Loveland Museum, Loveland CO

                  “Wild Life” Solo show of 31 pieces. Lindsay Wildlife Museum April –May 2015

                  “Art & the Animal” SAA 55th Annual Exhibition 2015 @,Roger Tory Peterson Institute, Jamestown,NY,

                  “Point Lobos and Beyond” Carmel Visual Arts, Carmel, CA 2015

                  Laumeister Fine Art Competition BenningtonCenter for theArts, Bennington,VT. 2016,14

                  “Art of the Animal Kingdom” X, XII, XIII, XV ,XVIII,XIX, Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington,VT

                  Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston,Texas

                  The Santa Cruz Art League's Annual, Contemporary Landscape Painters  81st  HM,& 83rd HM

                  “Big Cat Quick-Draw”&”Raptor QD” The Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA

                  Carmel Art Festival, 2014, & 2008(Mayors Choice Award)

                  Watercolor West 44th annual 2012, Brea, CA jurors award

                  “World of Watercolor” 2nd Annual Signature Watercolor Exhibition 2011(PC 1st award) Fallbrook Art Center,CA

                  “10th annual Valona Paintout” 2011 Epperson Gallery, Crockett, CA

                  “Small Works Big Impressions” 2009 The Wildlife Experience Museum, Parker CO

                  "The Art of Conservation” 2008 & 09,(Editor’s Choice) AFC at the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum in Oradell, NJ,                 

                  “THE ART OF SEEING”: Nature Revealed Through Illustration” at The Oakland Museum CA 2006

                  “Wildlife in it’s Best Light” solo exhibition 2006, Lindsay Wildlife Museum, Walnut Creek CA

                  Society of Animal Artists 48th annual exhibition, Neville Public Museum, Green Bay, WI

                  Triton Museum Biannual Watercolor Competition, Santa Clara,CA  ’96,’02,’07

                  “Side by Side” Philip & Muriel Berman Museum of Art  PA

                  Featured Artist at “Reflections of Nature” ‘04 in Fallbrook CA

    Publications:  the covers of Wildscape Magazine (UK) Dec. 2009 & Wildlife Art  Magazine, Nov/Dec’02, “The Watercolor Page” American Artist Magazine May ‘96, Equus ‘95 and Splash 7 Northlight Books. The city of Concord sent 2 paintings as gifts to Mayor Ito of their sister city of Kitikami Japan.                 

    An award winning “Plein aire” painter, painting on location is habit. Transparent Watercolor was initially learned outside on location. “Being there” instigates adventurous diversity, and often opportunities to collect exciting new reference. In December of '08 a trip to three locations in Kenya allowed exploration of new light, animals and environments. Weekly life drawing provides continued growth of classic and creative drawing skills, relating to the animal forms, where accurate representation is a valid expectation. Using traditional Art Elements, designing with Significant Contrasts, atmosphere can be created. Manipulating relationships between abstraction and realism engages the imagination into capturing the essence of a place, or subject, now more personal to the viewer. Imaginations are enticed with just enough realism to draw them into, then send beyond, the two dimensional surface.

      Currently instructing adult classes and workshops in Transparent Color Theory, handling the wet’n wet medium as brave color relationships. After ten years at Walnut Creek Civic Arts, developing and instructing lessons in art principals for adults and Jr. & Sr. High School students. Also at Vicenté Martinez High School as an Art Consultant/Instructor from 2006-2008 to infuse art into their alternative program.