Loren Entz presents a unique picture of the West. Whereas many Western artists focus on the more adventurous aspects of the historical West and modern ranch life, Loren paints the quieter, more domestic side of rural life. His paintings often depict the simple moments that make up the fabric of everyday life – mothers with their children, a father holding an infant at the end of the hard day’s work.
Loren approaches his subjects with firsthand knowledge. He grew up in the farm country of Kansas. During this time, his visits to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City fired his artistic imagination and ambition. He later worked as a Montana ranch hand and came into contact with other Western artists. Loren soon began to realize it was possible to actually make a living as an artist. While in high school, he nurtured his artistic talent through course work at the Famous Artists Correspondence School and through his studies with two masters of representational painting, Bettina Steinke and Richard Schmid. Loren has been a member of the Cowboy Artists of America since 1992 and has received numerous awards.
Loren is an extremely versatile artist and works in oil, charcoal, pencil, pastel, and watercolor. Although his paintings are frequently narrative in nature, many have their genesis in painting trips in the field. Loren says that painting directly from nature allows him a greater degree of spontaneity.
Loren is also adept in his selection of subject matter. He searches for the connections between the shared experiences of Anglos and Native Americans in the West. Like his paintings of ranch life, his paintings of Native American life often focus on more domestic subjects and scenes – the work that must be done, the events that closely tie family members together. Entz’s paintings reveal the deep human emotions that unite, rather than divide, the many cultures that make up the past and the present worlds of the West.