Alina Trevor Pino is an unusual artist — she paints with the brush held between her teeth. A paraplegic since the age of 16, Pino’s work currently is on exhibit through Feb. 11 at the Prescott Center for the Arts (PCA).
A month before her 17th birthday, a car struck her nearly killing her, and leaving her paralyzed from the neck down. As part of her rehabilitation, she learned to paint using a brush fastened to a mouthpiece.
Despite periods of fatigue and pain, she has completed more than 850 pieces of artwork and has participated in 120 exhibitions and conferences.
Pino, January’s featured artist, is sponsored by artist and bookmaker Sukey Jones (Best of Show winner for the Day of the Dead exhibit) and the Sister City Association of Prescott. Pino hails from Caborca, Sonora, Prescott’s Sister City in Mexico.
She writes that she loves the desert, having been born there, and her oil paintings reflect its influence.
“The desert is violent, aggressive and harsh, but it is also tender and beautiful with an enormous vitality and coloring,” Pino said in her artist statement.
“I enjoy the flying of birds and butterflies, the beauty of flowers and the feel of love from my family, which has a supreme value. This allows me to give the best of myself and reflect it in my work and my poems, where I can communicate my spiritual peace and my greatest longing to live.”
She has touched many lives with her kindness, positive outlook on life, and efforts to help improve the lives of others. Find time to stop in at PAC to see this inspiring woman’s artwork.
The Prescott Sister Cities organization invites the public to its next meeting, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at the Prescott Public Library, Founder’s Suite. That same day at 6 p.m., a special presentation featuring Caborca, its people and culture will provide an opportunity for people to learn more about Prescott’s sister city across the border.