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Troy Dalton Biography
Troy W. Dalton was born in 1952 in Sweetwater, Texas and raised on a cattle ranch near Billings, Montana. He was a prolific Yolo County artist and teacher, best known for his large, narrative paintings depicting biblical and mythological subjects. He also painted unsparing self-portraits framed by vignettes of other subjects.
Troy graduated from Eastern Montana College (now Montana State University, Billings) in 1979 and earned a master’s degree in art at University of Wyoming in 1981. He arrived in Sacramento in 1989 and earned a master of fine arts degree at UC Davis. At Davis, he studied with noted artists Wayne Thiebaud, Gregory Kondos, Roy De Forest and David Hollowell. Later, he went on to teach figure drawing and painting at UC Davis; California State University, Chico; American River College, and San Francisco City College, as well as nearby Woodland Community High School.
Throughout his career he exhibited his works in many one-person and group shows,while returning often to Montana and Wyoming to teach, lecture and exhibit. In 2001 he received an Outstanding Alumni Award from Montana State University. In 2007, the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento honored him with a special exhibition. He served on the board of the Center for Contemporary Art in Sacramento. Today his paintings and drawings are included in public and private collections throughout the United States.