Loren Entz presents a unique picture of the West, capturing the adventure, solitude, untouched landscape, farm and ranch life, and a 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 a hard day’s work.
Growing up in the farm country of Kansas, Entz could often be found drawing in the fields or forests during breaks from a busy farm and ranch life. As a youngster, he pored over the horse illustrations in Will James books and visited the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. He made his first sale on a drawing of a cutting horse in action to a neighbor—who bought the piece to hang in a horse stable—for all of 10 cents.
While in high school, Entz nurtured his artistic talent through course work at the Famous Artists Correspondence School and his studies with three masters of representational painting, Ned Jacob, Bettina Steinke, and Richard Schmid. On leaving his childhood home, he worked as a Montana ranch hand, where he came into contact with other Western artists.
Cowboy by day and artist by night, he soon realized it was possible to make a living as an artist. With a young family to provide for, he took a leap of faith and started working as a full-time artist in 1981.
In 2016, Entz won the Silver Medal for Oil Painting at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s Cowboy Artists of America Annual Sale & Exhibition. Throughout his career, he has been honored with numerous other awards, including the coveted Robert Lougheed Memorial Award at the Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition and Sale. He is a member of the Cowboy Artists of America, and his work has been featured in Art of the West and Western Horseman.
Entz currently works in oil, charcoal, pencil, pastel, watercolor, and most recently, sculpture. In his search for subject matter, Entz enjoys painting the human emotions that unite, rather than divide, the many cultures that make up the past and the present worlds of the great American West.
Loren Entz is represented by Claggett/Rey Gallery, Vail, Colorado; Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, Jackson, Wyoming, and Bozeman, Montana; Montana Gallery, Red Lodge, Montana; and Snook Art Gallery, Billings, Montana.
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