IT'S CRAZY TO THINK ABOUT WHERE I ONCE WAS IN MY LIFE. I HAD TO LET GO OF WHAT I THOUGHT I "SHOULD" BE DOING AND TOOK A LEAP TOWARDS SOMETHING THAT MAKES ME TRULY HAPPY.
HERE IS MY STORY.
Three years ago, I was dedicating my time and energy to a career working in the civil engineering realm. I was working extensive overtime and travelling around British Columbia, Canada inspecting multimillion-dollar projects building bridges and highways. I gave up my free time and weekends, dedicating everything to my career. I was making a name for myself within the industry, as well as a very good salary for my age. I worked on pursuing and growing this career for 7 years. I had made it... and I should have been happy, right?
But I wasn’t. I had worked myself into a state of depression without knowing it. I knew deep down something was wrong. I could feel that my internal self wasn't happy. I felt like I was committing spiritual suicide.
At the end of a long day, I asked the Creator, is this what I should be doing? Because I'm not really quite sure. That evening I got some answers.
I was sitting on the couch scrolling Facebook and saw a video someone had shared about spray paint art. It was the first time my heart fluttered for anything. I felt more alive and awake than I ever did. I immediately went to the local hardware store and I purchased some spray paint. I had 10 minutes to get to the art store for some canvas...but I was too late, the store was closed.
I was so determined to try this out, I went home to search for something to paint on. I took a painting I had recently purchased off my wall and started to paint.
October 16,2016, I painted my first painting. My life changed that day and I had an awakening.
Two days later I quit my job in civil engineering. I wanted to be a full-time artist and to inspire others to follow their dreams and true passions because life is way too short not too.
As an artist, I use my work to breathe life into dreams.
I have been focused on my career as a professional Artist since 2016.
I use my story in hopes to inspire others to follow their true passions in life. Life is way too short to do anything but what you love.
Throughout this process, I came to the realization that I am a dreamer.
I want to use my art work for good and to help people. Thus, I created an interactive mural program with communities and school districts. We collaborate on the concepts/ideas and work on painting the piece together. I also teach students and/or adults how to safely spray paint in small groups.
I have been establishing myself as a public artist by working with school districts, municipalities, etc. such as:
Pitt Meadows School District
Surrey School District
Abbotsford School District
Coquitlam School District
Burnaby School District
Vancouver School District
Mission School District
University of Fraser Valley
University of British Columbia
Simon Fraser University
City of Chilliwack
City of Surrey
City of Burnaby
City of Pitt Meadows
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WORD OF MOUTH
"Trenton’s artwork is breath-taking. One has only to view Trenton’s art in the hallways of Pitt Meadows Secondary to understand the powerful and positive effect of his artwork on the school community."
Sylvia Russell | District Principal
Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows School
"Trenton also spends time with students in the school districts as a motivational speaker, which also includes cultural speaking for ceremonies. We have witnessed his work, and hold his natural gifts in high regard."
Grace Leon Cunningham
Chief of Katzie First Nations
"Through sharing his journey, artwork, and talent, Trenton is inspiring our students to follow their dreams and passions. Not only does he stand out for his incredible artwork, but he stands out for being a kind and compassionate human being. He has an incredible presence and spirit that is felt by all when he is in our school."
Ecole Salish Secondary