Experiments in Pastels--
A class taught
by Lorraine W. Trenholm
About the Artist
love experimenting with collage materials---oriental papers, jewelry
findings, pastels, water colors---to create images and light effects
in paintings of dogs, horses, and landscapes.
Wallace Trenholm was born in New York, where she lived until completing
studies as a painting major at Pratt Institute, in the late 1960s.
She has been making drawings and paintings for people with
interests in dogs and horses since she was in high school. Her work has
been shown at many dog events, and several of her drawings and pastels
have appeared on the covers of the Saluki Quarterly, a
breed specialty magazine. Her paintings are in private collections
in the United States and abroad.
Lorraine resumed regularly painting and showing in 1984 on Cape Cod,
Massachusetts, were she now lives.
She devotes her time to creating landscape paintings, inspired by
Cape Cod and some of the landscapes she has created. She has also
developed a flair for animal artistry, using pastels, oils, and
collages, of dogs and horses.
Lorraine has shown and won in juried shows held by the Cape Cod Art
Association, and she has won first place in the Leo Diehl Competition,
held by the Chatham Creative Arts Center. She has been juried into the
Art Show at the Dog Show several times, and she has won awards in oil,
pastel, and collage. Lorraine joined the Pastel Painters Society
of Cape Cod the year it was founded, and she was juried in as a
signature member that same year. Her pastels have received awards in
national competitions. She is a member of 21 in Truro, the Chatham
Creative Arts Center, and the Cape Cod Art Association, and she has
taught painting classes there.
She has had several one-woman shows on Cape Cod and in Ithaca, New York.
Saluki clubs nationwide have commissioned her artwork to be used
as trophies for their shows. Although Salukis are her specialty
breed, Lorraine has painted other breeds as well.
She has studied with Lois Griffel and Henry Henshe of the Cape School of
Art in Provincetown, and she attended the 1987 session of the Vermont
Studio School. Her artwork appears in Lois’s book, Painting the
Impressionist Landscape. In
2000, one of her Saluki collages was used on the cover of the Santa
Barbara Dog Show Catalog.
Lorraine’s work is displayed on her Web site
and at The Wynne-Falconer
Gallery in Chatham.
production of my art is a ritual for me. It begins with my selecting the
subject matter, then progressing through choice of light effects, time
of day, and medium. Sometimes I listen to music while I paint; sometimes
I dance; sometimes only absolute silence will do. Whether I am painting
a landscape, an animal, or an abstract response, I design the entire
surface, interfacing my emotional response with my intellectual
knowledge of the subject matter. People who commission my artwork are
attracted to the high color that I use in unusual places in my
paintings. My choice of color is affected by my inner mood. Specific
circumstances in my life directly influence my color palette. As I
paint, I go to another world in my mind; when I have finished the
painting, I will often look at it and wonder who painted it?