Artist Troy Crowder

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A retired university administrator/professor, Troy Crowder first worked with watercolor paints as a pleasant distraction from evening thoughts of campus matters. Experimenting with the transparent colors was new, completely absorbing and, at times, rewarding. Primarily self-taught and eager to learn more, he gradually elevated his painting to a "serious avocation," that took more and more of his time and interest.His WWII military training as a fighter pilot took place in Arizona. He liked the Southwest, and in 1970 had the opportunity to accept a key position at Arizona State University, where he served on the administrative staff with occasional opportunities to teach a class in journalism until his retirement in 1986 as Special Assistant to the President.Retirement meant more time for painting, camping and photography ventures as well as two photo safaris to Kenya and Tanzania and several trips to Europe. It was also the time when he and his wife, Betsy, a ceramicist, hit the fine art shows in Phoenix and Scottsdale.  It was a good and challenging time, and one in which he was prolific. His art is found in many public and private collections in this and other countries.An emeritus professor in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. Troy remains tied to watercolors. and finds it difficult , in retirement, to stay away from his studio . Painting is still a favorite activity-one that  enables  him to become part of a creative process that, on the best days, produces paintings that others are pleased to add to their collections.

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