Trena Ward is an award winning, multimedium portrait artist working in oils, pastels, charcoal, and watercolors. All of her adult life she has taken private and professional art lessons in painting landscapes, still life, and seascapes in Hawaii. It wasn’t until she started drawing people that her career as an artist became profitable. After leaving Hawaii in 1990, she joined a figure drawing group that took her to Fort Bridger, Wyoming, to a Mountain Man Rendezvous that changed her life as an artist. As fast as she could draw someone, the piece sold. Trena spent the next few years on the road during the summers attending reenactments, drawing people’s portraits on buckskin with charcoal, and during the winters she sold her Native Americaninfluenced artwork worldwide. Also during the winter, she started studying watercolor painting, and one of her watercolor portraits was accepted into the 2002 National Art Show in Texas called Art Splash. The painting is in their catalog. It received Honorable Mention in Portraits. Since then her paintings have won many awards from Best in Show, to People’s Choice. Trena became interested in painting portraits in oil. With the painting group she attended, she learned how to start a painting, but not how to finish one. So, in 2001, she took out a bank loan and went to New York City to study for two weeks with Daniel Greene. With his guidance and encouragement she started investing all her time in learning to use oil paints. Since then, Trena has continued to use oil paint and to paint portraits. She continues to study color and the techniques of David Jon Kassan, Margaret Baumgaertiner, John Howard Sanden, Donato Giancola, Robert Armelta, Greg Mortenson and, currently, Jeff Hein. Trena is in her studio teaching and painting every day of the week. She said she feels it is a great blessing to be an artist. Please visit her at www.trenaward.com For our August program, Trena will demonstrate what she has learned about techniques for painting flesh tones in a portrait. Join us for her presentation; it promises to be a most informative evening.