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Art Without End

Lorraine Trenholm’s paintings transcend time and place.

Early Spring, oil, 8” x 10” by Lorraine W. Trenholm

Early Spring, oil, 8” x 10” by Lorraine W. Trenholm

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.”

Lorraine Trenholm’s paintings

Trenholm sets up shop overlooking a scenic lake to help inspire creativity.

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.

This September, Trenholm takes part in the 13th gathering of “21 in Truro,” a group of women who converge every summer in Truro to paint and support each other’s creativity. “It’s an opportunity to rejoin creative women I’ve known for a long time in a positive environment and not have to do the laundry,” Trenholm says. “When you’re home, everything interrupts you.”

Trenholm was living near the Dennis village green in 2004 when she and her partner, native Cape Codder David Donovan, moved to Colorado to find more space. “I wanted to be where you could hear a pin drop, run my dogs, have different inspiration for my paintings,” she says. She and Donovan are living in a small space on their expansive property while they methodically build a larger house.

Although she has found a home that seems a polar opposite of the Cape, the two areas share some uncanny features, at least in artistic interpretation. One of Trenholm’s pastels, The Flow, has brought much speculation concerning its locale. “People on Cape Cod interpreted it as the ocean; people in Colorado interpreted it as a river,” Trenholm says. “I didn’t give them any clues.”

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