Emily Leonard Trenholm
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Emily Leonard Trenholm received her MFA from Boston University in 2011 and her BFA from the University of New Hampshire in 2005.

Currently she resides in Portland, Maine and paints throughout New England.

Working as an observational painter, I seek to translate my perceptual experience. Painting on location directs my focus to capture elements of the natural world through luminous color and modeled shape, as I respond to my senses.

Born into a family of fiber artists, I began internalizing color, pattern, geometry and the effects of light at an early age. Quilting and printing are important visual exercises for my painting. By placing and arranging color and pattern, I work to construct a painting in the way I would build a quilt or carve a plate. I intend my work to project intimacy of color, a sense of place and contemplation of my relationship to the physical world.
all images © 2012 Emily Leonard Trenholm