Loren Entz, prestigious western artist who currently lives in Billings, Mont., will conduct a workshop, “Painting Horses from Life,” Oct. 18 and 19 at an outdoor site near Newton. The event is sponsored by Carriage Factory Art Gallery, 128 E. Sixth St. in Newton. The cost is $100 per day, and attendees can choose one or both days. To register, call 316-284-2749. Entz also will be an artist-in-residence from noon-5 p.m. Oct. 14-17 at the gallery. His painting time will be open for observation and questions.
Participants should expect a relaxed learning experience at Entz’s horse painting workshop.
“This should be a lot of fun, and it should not be at all intimidating to any,” said Entz, who grew up near Newton. “Everyone should approach the experience with an open mind to learn and enjoy themselves in the creative process. We are not trying to create museum masterpieces but simply recording what light and color are showing us. It’s as simple as that.
“So many artists don’t practice painting from life,” Entz said. “This is what it is all about — learning to see the colors and values that nature gives you.”
Entz has won a variety of awards, including Express Ranches Great American Cowboy Award for the best cowboy subject matter at the Prix de West Exhibition for “When The Work’s All Done This Fall,” Stetson Awards in at least two of the annual Cowboy Artists of America Exhibitions for overall best exhibition voted on by his peers, and Robert Lougheed Memorial Award, which signifies best overall three or more works in the Prix de West Invitational Exhibition and Sale.
Entz’s art has been influenced by a variety of things.
“Life experiences and the human relationships,” he said. “There is so much sadness in the world that I try to depict the happiness in relationships, the love and care among people. There is so much beauty in life and living among family members and friends. News records all the negative stuff, and I want to record all the beauty that life holds out to people.”
That love and care of others is reflected in Entz’s philosophy of life.
“Treat people the way I would like to be treated myself because it all comes back to you,” Entz said.
In that spirit, Entz offers advice to struggling artists.
“I would say to have a dream and never give up,” he said. “Put together a portfolio of work that you are very proud of. Find out where the best galleries are and go to them — especially the galleries that show the work of more accomplished and seasoned artists who have been at it a long time and their prices are up there. If you can show alongside the artists whose work is high priced, it encourages the sale of your own work.”
Entz is one of those seasoned artists. He creates his work on location outdoors or in his studio for major serious pieces.
“And sometimes on my steering wheel; it makes a great easel,” Entz said. “Inspiration strikes at odd times.”