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Bette Trono

  • 781 Hamilton Pkwy, Novato, CA 94949, USA
  • Studio: Classroom

About The Artist

Artist Statement

This year, I will be showing my paintings, Sat May 4 and Sun May 5 at MarinMOCA, Classroom, 781 Hamilton Parkway, Novato, CA 94949. Hope to see you there during Marin Open Studios.

As in life, layers on layers, shapes covered by shapes create the story of things forgotten, discovered, and imagined. All is left to the viewer’s curiosity, to one’s personal interpretation. As a visual artist, I am drawn to how our visual perceptions connect us to a place in time that we all intuitively feel, see, and remember — connecting us to our emotions and to each other.

Nature, people, the world around me, shared experiences are a source of my creative inspiration. These are all integrated into the making of my art. Spaces intrigue me, how we occupy, relate to them, and exist within spaces; how our space defines us, and we define it. My compositions explore an ongoing interest in spatial relationships. It is an abstracted space, filled with mark-making and color–a mixture of colors to create visual environments and moods.


San Francisco Bay Area artist, Bette Trono, paints from her studio in the Liberty Ship Building, Sausalito, CA. Born in Sendai, Japan, she lived most of her young adult life in the Midwest before moving to California. Bette began her career in the art publishing industry as a graphic designer, art director, creative director before returning to painting. Oil, acrylic and mixed media are her favorite mediums working in abstract and figurative subject matter.

Bette has shown her work at Mill Valley ArtWalks venues, Mill Valley, CA; Marin Society of Artists, San Rafael, CA; O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA; Gearbox Gallery, Oakland, CA; Gallery Route One, Point Reyes, CA; DeYoung Museum, San Francisco, CA; Verum Ultimum Gallery, Portland, OR; KALA Art Space, Astoria, OR.

Affiliations: Member of Marin Society of Artists, San Rafael, CA; O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA

Education: BFA in painting and printmaking, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO and Graduate Studies, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO

Art Medium(s)

Oil Paint, Acrylic Paint, Mixed Media

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Marin MOCA

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Studio: Classroom

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BFA in painting & printmaking, University of Missouri-Columbia, MO

Graduate studies, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO


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