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 My wife and I at the annual Summit Pacific Medical Center Gala.

My wife and I at the annual Summit Pacific Medical Center Gala.

 My family on our wedding day 2015.

My family on our wedding day 2015.

 Chief Rosie Sizer awarding me the Police Medal in 2009.

Chief Rosie Sizer awarding me the Police Medal in 2009.

 My friend Rashida and I having a little fun photo bombing the fire guys.

My friend Rashida and I having a little fun photo bombing the fire guys.

I was born and raised in Longview Washington by two very creative parents. My mom was a florist and my dad was a welder, pipefitter, millwright. The two of them were always creating.

I wanted to be an artist from the time I came out of the womb. Drawing was an escape for me as a child. It wasn’t something I shared with anyone other than my parents for fear of criticism. Given that I was unwilling to risk criticism, I chose a different career path.  

I worked as a firefighter for 4 years and then as a police officer in Portland Oregon. While working for Portland Police Bureau, I spent my first 6 years on patrol where I became a defensive tactics instructor and a field training officer to help train new recruits. During that time I was awarded the Police Medal for "personal courage and devotion to duty". I worked as a mentor for 3 years at the Boys and Girls Club in NE Portland. I also spent 4 years working in the Child Abuse Unit. At the 11 year mark in 2015, I was diagnosed with Narcolepsy. That ended my career. At that same time I reconnected with and married my friend Tammy from 20 years prior.  

I had begun painting as a hobby in 2010. After my diagnosis I used painting to cope with the loss of my identity as well as Narcolepsy symptoms I had been experiencing since high school. I began painting 7 years ago but really began my practice 2 years ago. Since that time, my growth has been dramatic. I am self taught and have just begun sharing my art. I created a website a few months ago and within 2 weeks was contacted by Tosca Magazine naming me Washington Artist of the Year 2017-2018.

 I have seen people at their very worst and at their very best. This knowledge, empathy and compassion I have for humanity will shape my journey as an artist. Every piece I paint holds my life’s experience...the STORY in ME. I paint in my studio located in Olympia WA, in the home I share with my wife and 4 children.

Trina