Trina McKillen was born on December 4th 1964, in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She studied art at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin from 1984-1989 and graduated with a degree in Fine Art Sculpture. She moved to Los Angeles, California in 1989 and lives there with her husband and son.

Her work addresses feeling and numbness, beauty and ugliness, spirituality and profanity, life and death.