Trina comes from an artistic lineage. Her multimedia influences have included creative writing, visual arts, music and theatrical artistic art disciplines, which she incorporates into her works of painting, drawing and writing poetry. The process allows her to collaborate disciplines into a unique critical ensemble.
A graduate of the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Trina has exhibited at galleries, museums, and events for fifteen years. This includes the Cornell Museum at Old School Square, EG2 Gallery, Clay, Glass, Metal, Stone Gallery, Africa Now by AK and Collaboration: African Diaspora at the Armory Art Center.
Arts integration has been Trina’s passion for 31 years and has worked with a numerous institutions, organizations and programs teaching art appreciation, enrichment, history and technique to children and adults alike. She has worked in at risk communities and juvenile prisons as well as Catholic and public schools in New York City and South Florida. Some organizations where she has influenced community and at risk youth include The Children’s Coalition & Artist Showcase of the Palm Beaches. Center for Creative Education has been her creative education home for the last 15 years. Besides arts education Trina has influenced neighborhood children the importance of healthy eating habits and proper social etiquette. For 15 years, Trina has been involved in the public art schools the Palm Beach County School District. For the first 9 years adjudication of audition for BAK Middle School of the Arts and Dreyfoos High School of the Arts. And the last 7 years helping young artists prepare for the visual arts component of the auditions.
In 2009, Trina expanded her creativity by self-publishing her first book entitled What is My Priority: My Release, which was book of poetry, affirmations and art, executed by her with collaborations with family and friends inserts. Since then she has publish five more personal and collaborative works including two cookbooks.
She is also the co-founder of ATB Fine Art Group Inc. ( formerly A.T.B. Fine Artists & Designers LLC.) where she curates shows for other artists and promotes the local arts scene. Some exhibitions include Collaboration: African Diaspora, CONTINUUM PB Art Fair, a pop-up art exhibition that is a partnership with ArtPalmBeach, Collaboration: A Salute to Women & Collaboration: Student show at the EG2 Gallery, the Endangered Species of Florida Exhibition at the Paul Fisher Gallery, Background: Cultural Inspiration in Contemporary Art at ArtHouse 429 Gallery & Collaboration: Ubuntu at 1310 Gallery.
In 2013, Trina was the proud recipient of the Women of Excellence in the Arts from the West Palm Beach Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. In addition, that year she received recognition from The Caribbean-American Democratic Club of Palm Beach County for advocacy for the Arts through Caribbean-American Community Change Makers Initiative. In 2016, she became a board member for two years of the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum where she is the committee chair for the exhibition committee.
In 2014, she created several artist improvement programs the No More Starving Artists Initiative. The programs help educate artists in understanding their art as a business. Some of these include The Brunch & Lecture Series, The Artists Lunch & Lecture Series & the No More Starving Artists Lectures.
In 2018, she established a 501 (c) 3 called the No More Starving Artist Foundation. Its mission is to help artists in Palm Beach County be sustainable by providing opportunities and services. The vision is to build the legacies for artists from Palm Beach County.
In 2020. Trina was one of 15 artists selected by the City of West Palm Beach Art in Public Places for a program called The Commons which is a project for local artists to activate public spaces during Covid-19 with her art.
Trina is presently working on a series of collaborative workshops that bridges the understanding of depression and how art and music is a therapeutic source of remedy for the mental illness. She continues producing workshops for local artists for the development in excellence in their professional careers.
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