Lorraine W. Trenholm is as restless as her two horses loping outside, on her 75-acre property perched on a Colorado mesa. Awake since 4:30 a.m., Trenholm’s morning has been chock-a-block with activity: feeding her Saluki hounds, teaching a pastels class in a nearby town, and, not least, talking about her prolific work. Her nature-inspired paintings are impressionistic celebrations—like the places she plants herself, laced with a powerful but subdued energy.
“I’m a restless spirit,” Trenholm says. “I have gotten the impression that I make some galleries crazy because I bounce around in subject matter and style.” She pauses, then adds with an apologetic smile in her voice, “I am my paintings.” She adheres to strict demands on herself. “The best paintings create a compelling image. You can do 25 images and only four will be compelling images.”
Although Trenholm traded the Cape Cod ocean for rural Colorado seven years ago, she still has deep connections to the Cape. She lived here for almost 30 years, studying with Lois Griffel and Henry Hensche of the Cape Cod School of Art in Provincetown. She has been represented by the Rowley Gallery in Orleans for 20 years, and owner Elizabeth Rowley sees only positive things ahead. “Lorraine Trenholm’s expressive paintings of Cape Cod and the light here have captured the interest of my collectors for years,” Rowley says.