Lorraine Wallace Trenholm was born in New York, where she lived until completing studies as a painting major at Pratt Institute. She has done drawings and paintings for dog events and people with equine interests since high school. Several of her drawings and pastels have appeared on covers of the Saluki Quarterly, a breed specialty magazine. Her paintings are in private collections, in the U.S. and abroad.
Lorraine resumed regularly painting and showing in 1984 on Cape Cod, MA. She creates landscape paintings, inspired by Cape Cod, road trips, and the Southwest. She has also developed a flair for animal artistry, doing pastels, oils and collages of dogs and horses. Lorraine has shown and won in juried shows. She has been juried into the Art Show at the Dog Show in Kansas, several times, and has won awards in oil, pastel, and collage. Lorraine helped found the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, was juried in as a signature member that same year, and served as Vice President until 2002. Her pastels have received many awards, including BIS, in national competitions. She is a member of "21 in Truro", the Chatham Creative Arts Center, the Cape Cod Art Association, the Pastel Society of New Mexico, and a signature member of the Pastel Society of Colorado. She has had several one woman shows. Saluki clubs nation wide have commissioned her to do artwork to be used as trophies for their shows. In 2000, one of her saluki collages was used as the catalog cover for the prestigious Santa Barbara Dog Show. Lorraine has studied with Lois Griffel and Henry Henshe of the Cape School of Art in Provincetown and attended the Vermont Studio School. Her artwork appears in Lois's book, Painting the Impressionist Landscape.
Lorraine moved to Colorado in the spring of 2004 and continues to do both studio and "plein air" work. When the new house is finished it will include a large studio which will be a wonderful working and teaching space.
She continues to return to the Cape to paint with "21 in Truro" and has been pursuing her art career in both Colorado and Cape Cod.
Lorraine has been teaching classes and giving workshops in pastel and oil in Durango, Colorado. She has been showing and winning awards in local and National juried shows since the move, and was part of a four person group show called "Dirt Works" at the Durango Art Center for the month of February, 2006. Two of her pastels won the Four Corners Commission Award and the DATO Award in January of 2007.
Lorraine's artwork is displayed on her web site at: rataki-salukis-art.com, Wynne/Falconer Gallery in Chatham, MA, Elizabeth Rowley Gallery in Orleans, MA, Hope Gallery, Bristol, RI, and at her studio by appointment.
I love experimenting with materials- oriental papers, jewelry findings, pastels, oils, water colors - to paint "ordinary places and creatures" that we see every day: an "instant in time" during which the color, light, or "weather effects" create dynamic forces I try to capture with my art. Sometimes my paintings become really abstract, as I drop all the details and the color and light effects lead the way.