Marianne H. Trotter

Although I have always been involved in art in one way or another, it is only since 2006 that I’ve gotten serious about painting and mixed media. In college I studied art, but was intimidated by the thought of making a living in the art world. I became a teacher. Throughout my 37-year career, I used art as a vehicle for the students’ learning. My career choice was a great fit and I found satisfaction in the creativity that teaching allowed.

We moved to Europe in 1998, first to Kiev, Ukraine, and 4 years later to Germany. 15 years of living abroad! It was in a little village in Bavaria that I began to feel that passion for all forms of art again. A few workshops under my belt and I was ready to get started. My pieces are as varied as my life has been. They reflect my view of all the little pieces of living in a foreign country.

The two paintings of “Bavarian Village, in Summer” and “Bavarian Village in Winter” represent a typical village near our home. The brightly painted summer village was inspired by a visit to the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. There I saw Kandinsky paintings of rural scenes, done in fantastic bright, almost iridescent, colors. I used those colors in my village scene. One of our trips to Portugal was the basis for the “Streetcar in Lisbon”. Those charming old streetcars really do climb the hills through narrow neighborhoods.

After my husband and I retired, we decided to move to Fresno. I have been very impressed with the art scene and I wanted to be a part of it. Fortunate for me, we bought a house with a little hut in back that I converted into my art studio. Now I paint everyday. I explore different techniques and various media and go to workshops. I’ve been to enough ArtHops to know that there is  real talent here in the valley. There is much for me to learn and many opportunities to expand my art experiences.