Curriculum Vitae

Trena with Grandson. His mom was the model.


I was Born, 1951 in Honolulu, Hawaii.  As a young girl I won many art awards. Deep in my heart I always knew I wanted to be an artist.  In my senior year of high school, my teacher filled out my papers for an art scholarship to The Art Students League of New York. I was accepted! But my parents refused to let me go stating it was a waste of my time and money. So I worked as an accountant and secretary.

When I was 30, I began to hunger to paint, so I started taking landscape, still life, and seascapes lessons. Once I said to a teacher,  “I never want to be a portrait artist. Everyone sees themselves different and you have to deal with people’s egos.”  Unbeknownst to me, a Portrait Artist is who I am and what I am supposed to be.

The first real Portrait Artist I ever saw, was Daniel Greene. I joined one of his three day workshops and he introduced me to my life as an artist. Within in one year of his workshop, I was earning a living with my art.

I had quit my secretarial job and became a full time artist.  I  traveled twice a month to events to draw people’s portraits and sold my Native American charcoal buckskin paintings.

In 1996, I stopped traveling and sold my work  on the Internet.  As a single mother, I was able to support my children with  my art, and still am earning a living with it. 

I have never stopped learning. The Internet has given Realist Portrait Artist all over the world the ability to be in contact and share what they have learned. I have purchased their dvds and learned more.  I will never forget the words of Daniel Greene, “When you stop learning, you stop being an Artist.”  I believe this.

I am thankful for all these modern day Masters who share what they know to help me and others to be the artist they knew they were supposed to be.

Trena and Husband

Selective Art Education

David Kassan

Margaret Carter Baumgaertner

Donato Giancola

Jackson Pollock

Jeff Hein

Alex Powers


  • 2001-2003: Kemp Center of the Arts in Wichita Falls, Texas
  • 2001-2003: Privately in my Wichita Falls, Texas Studio
  • 2006-2010: Nadine Baum Art Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • 2008-now: private mentoring in my studio
Selective Awards

2017& 2018 Paintings voted into the Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts
2017 Painting voted into the Artist of American Women art show
2016 Two paintings voted into the ANA 22nd Annual Regional Art Exhibition
2015 ANA People’s Choice Award
2015  Signature Member of the Artist of Northwest Arkansas
2014 Two paintings voted into the ANA 20th Annual Regional Art Exhibition
2013  ANA People’s Choice Award
2012 Two paintings voted into the ANA 18th Annual Regional Art Exhibition
2010 Gloria Pendry Award ANA 16th Annual Regional Art Exhibition
2003 Kemp Center People’s Choice Award
2002 Honorable Mention in Art Splash on the Square
Selected Publications/Press

2015 Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette
2011 Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette
2011 Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette
2004 Olney Enterprise Newspaper
2003 Olney Enterprise Newspaper