Born in New York City, Trenholm was a painting major at Pratt Institute, but that wasn’t by any means her first dip into the visual arts. “I’ve been doing art probably my whole life,” she says. “I can remember being four or five years old, sitting on a fence, drawing a horse from life, and it looking like a piano.” At age 16, she was doing horse portraits on Long Island, where she rode. After college, she began painting in a horse stall, where people noticed her abstract works and occasionally asked to purchase one.
“When you’re a painter, you paint because you have to. Paintings could be not selling, the world could be coming to an end, but I have to paint.”
Trenholm loves Cape Cod and returns several times a year. She and Donovan, a master plumber, have a timeshare in Newport, Rhode Island, and she is always eager to return to the “21 in Truro” retreat in September. She was married previously to Winthrop Trenholm, a teacher at Sandwich High School, who died suddenly of a heart attack at age 56.
Art is her life’s constant. “I’m driven,” Trenholm says. “When you’re a painter, you paint because you have to. Paintings could be not selling, the world could be coming to an end, but I have to paint.”
Lorraine Trenholm’s work may be seen at the Rowley Gallery, 84 Route 6A, Orleans.
Trenholm gives an oil painting demonstration at the gallery from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, September 24.www.elizabethrowleygallery.com