We had the good fortune of connecting with Trinity Shiroma and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Trinity, alright, let’s jump in with a deep one – what’s you’re definition for success?
I define success as having a purpose for your life and being able to pursue it. When I was growing up I always wished of being an artist and never thought it could be a career because of the known saying “starving artist.” That’s until I grew up and realized I can do something I love doing (painting) on the side. At the same time, I am able to study at my university and pursue architecture. I am finally able to pursue the subjects I am passionate about.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What I do is I paint live in action at events, particularly weddings. This may be different from a traditional artist as I am not painting the work of art alone in a studio, but I am painting it at an event where guests are able to see the piece made live. But to get to where I am today has taken a lot of work on my confidence. I have been painting for years and although I found my work in art shows, I was still never confident in selling myself or labeling myself as an artist until recently. After some encouragement from my peers, the first step I did outside of my comfort zone was I made an Instagram about my art (@eventpaintingbytrinity). I feel like the most important thing I learned through this journey is that I need to step outside of my comfort zone a lot even if it is a small step like creating an Instagram account.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The first stop to eat would definitely be The Riverside Foodlab, where I would of course eat Monty’s. After taking them for a bite to eat, I would take them across the street to my favorite place in Riverside, the Riverside Antique Mall. Then at night, we would have to check out a movie at the Van Buren Drive In Theatre. Throughout the week we’d definitely have to hit up Big Bear Lake, Joshua Tree, Disney Land, and Newport beach!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would love to shoutout my dad, Randy! He is an artist himself and now an art teacher. As you can imagine, growing up in an artist’s house he always found a way to teach me creativity. He is the one who initially taught me how to paint and draw.
Gregory Weidner @gregorysphotography on instagram!