About the Artist/Illustrator
Charina Retiro Tolentin was born in the Philippines and raised in Pleasanton, CA. She has been creating artwork ever since she can remember at a very young age attempting to replicate realistic visual representations of the world around her. Charina would watch body building competitions alongside Saturday morning cartoons to use as models for figure sketches or thumb through books on Norman Rockwell as references for drawings.
Charina earned her Bachelor in Fine Arts in drawing and painting concentrating in oils and watercolor from University of North Texas in 2000 and her Master’s in Business Administration in general management in 2005. She currently resides in North, Texas and enjoys painting watercolor compositions or painting occasional acrylic based murals on the side. Her current published illustration “The Best Basketball Player EVER” by Heather Payer-Smith is available for purchase at Lily Ruth Publishing.
Photo- Charina R. Tolentin - age 2
"I've been creating artwork and drawing
ever since I can remember."