“Art is important because it communicates what language alone cannot convey,” said Flushing artist Kathleen Dinah Trocino, 27. “My art is a statement about beauty that exists in the ordinary.” It is this beauty that got three of Trocino’s works to be selected for “The Trained Eye” art exhibition at ART (that matters) in Oyster Bay, LI.
A painter and drawer, Trocino has always been creating with her hands as far back as elementary school.
“Art is something I have been doing my whole life,” she said. “Since I was a kid I was always interested in making things and doing things by hand.”
At the age of 8, she won her first major artistic achievement by taking the top prize in the Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition. She wrote and illustrated a book about Japan.
She continued studied at Fordham University, majoring in philosophy and visual arts. It was in college where she made the decision to pursue a career as an artist.
“I felt like it was something I was able to do as a profession,” she said. “I realized I loved art more than the other things I was studying. It just brings so much enjoyment and it’s so fulfilling to do.”
Her artistic scholarship continued at the New York Academy of Art, where she learned classical art. She is now studying at the Long Island Academy of Fine Arts, where she also teaches children painting and drawing.
Trocino’s artistic expertise is in the field called classical realism, which puts emphasis on beauty. “I feel like it’s honest and relays the natural world that is true,” she said.
“The discipline involved is creating work that’s realistic and beautiful.”
When she sits down to create a piece of artwork, she looks at her surroundings to find something that moves her.
“I’m inspired by nature and everyday things,” she said. “I consider myself a recorder of beautiful things.”
If she includes colors, she makes use of those that remind her of her home country, the Philippines. “I believe my work is always inspired by my heritage and my community,” she said. “When I work I try to get that sense of home.” As the Philippines is a tropical island, she infuses natural, earthy colors such as reds and vibrant greens.
Despite Trocino’s living in Queens her whole life, she hasn’t depicted the city in her artwork nor exhibited at a local venue, but she hopes to do that in the future.
“I definitely want to have future shows dealing with Queens,” she said. “Queens is such a vibrant community with a great mix of art and culture. … I would love to depict the natural flora and fauna of Queens and perhaps exhibit that in a local Queens venue.
Her work will be open to the public at ART (that matters) until April 28.
She is also available for commissioned work such as portraits, master copies, and custom artwork. For more info on her artwork and to contact her, visit her website at kathleendinah.com.