Q: Where can I see Loren's original work on display?
A: A few of Loren's paintings and drawings are in Permanent Collections that can be viewed publicly at the following locations: The Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia, The Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming, The Montana State Historical Society in Helena, Montana and at the Billings Public Library in Billings, Montana.
Loren has been honored to be part of the Cowboy Artists of America since 1992. The Cowboy Artists of America holds its annual exhibition and sale in conjunction with the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association (fine leatherwork, metalwork, etc.) at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. This exhibition, called Cowboy Crossings, is held each October.
Loren also regularly attends the Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition and Sale, also at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, held each June.
The Legacy Gallery in Bozeman, MT, also features Loren's work.
Q: How long has Loren been a full-time artist?
A: Loren grew up in the farm country of Kansas and could often be found drawing in the fields or forests during breaks from busy farm life. Many an hour was spent simply observing nature, especially before a storm when wildlife was the most active. Growing up, he poured over the horse illustrations in Will James books and visited the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City which fired his artistic imagination and ambition. He made his first sale on a drawing of a cutting horse in action to a neighbor for 10 cents, who bought the piece to hang in a horse stable. Upon 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, Loren soon began to realize it was possible to make a living as an artist. With a young family to provide for, he took a leap of faith and officially started as a full-time artist in 1981. 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 taken various art courses at Hesston College, Longview College and Montana State University.
Q: Does Loren paint from life or from photographs?
A: Loren is inspired by painting on location in nature and painting from life in the studio. The majority of his paintings start out as small studies in pencil or paint. For a large painting with quite a bit of detail, he will take dozens of photographs to refer back to as he is painting in his studio.
Q: Does Loren teach workshops or classes?
A: Loren has taught several workshops and classes and enjoys the opportunity to work with both fellow and budding artists. He would like to hear from you if you are interested in a workshop or class. View details about Loren's most recent workshop in Bozeman, Montana.
Q: What artists have inspired Loren?
A: Throughout his life and career, Loren has been inspired by the work of many artists, including John Singer Sargent, Joaquin Sorolla, Anders Zorn, Nicolai Fechin, the Wyeths, Norman Rockwell, Carl Rungius and Will James, and many more. Visit Loren's Pinterest page to take a look at who he is inspired by.
Q: What books would Loren recommend for budding artists?
A: Loren believes that the foundation to a good painting is a good drawing. He often recommends "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" by Betty Edwards. For painting, he recommends studying books on your favorite artists. Refer to "What artists have inspired Loren?" above, for a listing of Loren's favorite artists.
Q: Can I commission Loren to do a painting, drawing or portrait?
A: Yes. Loren's regular art shows keep him very busy but when time allows he would be more than happy to do a custom piece. Custom paintings and drawings are typically $30 per square inch if there is a lot of detail in the subject matter. Less detailed subject matter is typically $25 per square inch.
Q: What is a Limited Edition?
A: A Limited Edition of prints limits the quantity of prints that can ultimately be made from any single original copyrighted image. Loren typically limits the Giclee print editions to 250 for each size released, while the offset lithograph print editions are typically limited to 1,000 for each size released. Some exclusions apply, so please Contact Us if you have questions regarding the Limited Edition size for a specific work. When a customer receives a print, the print will be signed by Loren and numbered, indicating that the print is part of an edition. The number, along with Loren's signature and Certificate of Authenticity that accompanies each print, protects collectors from unauthorized printing of original artwork.
Q: What is the difference between a regular print and an Artist’s Proof?
A: Artist's Proofs are additional prints above and beyond the print edition that have been printed for the artist to see the quality of the prints in the edition. The quantity that Loren reserves for Artist's Proofs is 10% of the edition size. These prints are identical to the regular edition prints, and they are signed, numbered and marked with "AP". Collectors sometimes prefer final Artist's Proofs because their quantity is fewer, which makes them more rare.
Q: What is a Giclee print?
A: Giclee is a term used by artists today for a fine art digital print made on a large-format, high resolution inkjet printer with fade resistant, archival inks. The word is based on the French word 'gicleur', which means "nozzle" (the verb form gicler means "to squirt, spurt, or spray"). Giclee printing is more expensive on a per-print basis than offset lithography (see 'What is an Offset Lithograph print', below), but offers the flexibility of printing on a wide variety of substrates, including cotton canvas.
Q: What type of paper and canvas is used for the Giclee prints?
A: Paper Giclees are printed on archival smooth bright white neutral watercolor rag paper. Paired with the museum quality dyes, the prints are guaranteed to maintain colorfastness for 300 years when covered with museum quality glass. Canvas Giclees are printed on archival 100% cotton canvas. Canvas colorfastness is guaranteed for 100 years when installed without glass or 300 years when covered with museum quality glass. Colorfastness can only be truly guaranteed on any substrate if the print is not continually exposed to direct sunlight.
Q: Are Canvas Giclee prints stretched and ready to frame?
A: Yes. The canvases are stretched on a hardwood poplar frame that won't warp like the more commonly used pine frames. The frame is backed with a Masonite board and an attached hanger. The standard frame thickness is 1/2", assuming that most print collectors desire to frame the stretched canvas. If you would like the option of a 1-1/2" thick frame instead, please Contact Us. The bottom, top, and side edges of the stretched canvases are colored to match the colors in the image, not part of the actual image. This assures that part of the original image will never be lost due to the stretching process. The stretched canvases can be hung by themselves or framed by the buyer.
Q: What is an Offset Lithograph print?
A: An offset lithograph print, commonly referred to as 'Lithograph', is a printing process in which the inked image is transferred (or "offset") from a plate to a rubber blanket, then to the printing surface. In this process four plates are created before prints are made, one plate for each of the four colors in the original image (CMYK, or cyan, magenta, yellow, and black). The cyan and yellow plates will overlap to create the green in the image, for instance, because the colors blue and yellow combine to make the color green. Offset printing produces sharp, clean images because the rubber blanket conforms to the texture of the printing surface. Due to the time-consuming process of creating the plates for printing, Offset Lithograph print editions are larger than Giclee print editions.
Q: What type of paper is used for the Offset Lithograph prints?
A: The Offset Lithographs are printed on Endurance Silk, 100# Cover. This paper is acid free (Archival), with 96 Brightness, 10.9 Caliper, 99.5 Opacity, and Forest Stewardship Council Certified.
Q: How long will it take for my order to arrive?
A: We strive to have your print arrive within 4 weeks from the time payment is received. This includes time for printing if inventory is not readily available, signing by Loren and shipping and handling.
Q: Will I be charged sales tax on my order?
A: As a Limited Liability Company in the state of Nebraska, we are required to charge sales tax for orders originating in Nebraska only.
Q: Can I order a print or notecard of a different size, type or image than what is shown to be available on Loren's website?
A: Please Contact Us if there is something that you would like to see available. Prints in Giclee editions can be printed on demand. If there is enough interest, an edition of Offset Lithographs can also be printed.