by DeeGee Lester
Director of Education
Vibrant, colorful paintings cover the walls in Aiden Percefull’s home, and the evidence of artistic development and success is mounting.
Songwriter Sandy Knox bid $150 for Aiden’s painting A Man and A Guitar at the Music Health Alliance Silent Auction. Aiden created artwork for the CD cover for Dawn Oberg’s soon-to-be-released jazz album Bring. He has received commissions for works ranging from painted lamp shades to an enormous 4’ x 5’ painting. And a large exhibition of his work is scheduled for September 2017 at The Clay Lady’s Studios.
None of this is unusual for a rising artist. But Aiden Percefull is only seven years old.
A third grader at Dan Mills Elementary, Aiden has creative genes that run deep, from his father (a builder/contractor) and mother (whose experiences range from advertising and songwriting to film work), and further back to his grandfather, a retired college art professor in California who ships paints and brushes to his grandson and teaches the youngster skills such as how to stretch a canvas.
The boy, whose interests run the gamut from Lego Mobiles and swimming to Nerf guns and the Star Wars Trilogy, finds focus and a delightful release of creative energy through his art, often dancing around as he paints.
“Aiden didn’t like crayons,” recalls his mother, Laurel Parton. “By age three, he had started watercolors and markers and then progressed into acrylics and added ceramics [following clay camp with the Clay Lady].”
For the most part, Aiden sits and paints whatever comes into his head, starting with his first mark and then adding without hesitation, Laurel points out. But his eye for color and composition, persistent output (already over 60 works) and rapid improvement from raw to more refined technique, soon attracted attention and commissions. Many commissioned pieces require Google searches with Mom to meet the vision of the person wanting a particular subject.
“For the jazz CD cover, he listened to the songs, picked out some of the nouns and Googled them. For example, what is a martini glass?” says Laurel. “Then, after looking at images, he provides his own interpretation of the object. It’s much cooler, more organic.”
When pressed to name his favorite, Aiden say, “King Tut is the best one. But Butterfly—that one’s not for sale. I want to keep it forever!” As his talents continue to develop, those lucky people with an “early Percefull” will keep it forever.