1952 - 2010Posted on July 1, 2010 – 7:52 AM | by OldManFoster
Just as we approached deadline for this issue we got word that one of the region’s best known painters, Troy Dalton, had died. Dalton had a profound impact on the regional art scene and his work – and personality – will be greatly missed. We asked his friend Terry Hollowell for a few words. She provided the photos as well.
Troy Dalton died on Friday, June 18, 2010 in Yolo, California. He was born in Texas in 1952, and spent much of his life in many parts of the world, including Florida, New York City, and Japan, finally settling on California to study painting at grad school at UC Davis. There he stood out from the beginning as a man of simple means at a burgeoning time of feminism. He was the burr on the pantleg, the fly in the paint, the Devil’s advocate. Troy was a poet – he called himself a cowboy poet. The poems are sometimes stark, in contrast to the fantasy lives depicted in his paintings, the best of which contained women. He had an enormous mind, an endless curiosity, and a razor wit. Ranch hand, sailor, student, teacher, artist, collector of ephemera, and dumpster diver extraordinaire. And yes, Troy’s favorite – father to Aven and grandfather to Helene and Dahlia. No service is planned at this time, but a ‘big-ass party’ (Troy’s wish) is planned for some time in August. –Terry Hollowell