Henry Lorentzen was happy “holding court” at an Art Show as he was in the saddle of his favorite horse. His life was a gracious mix of both the poetry and the artwork that he loved. He never met a stranger and brought a positive attitude to every occasion. He and his wife, Grace, worked as a team over the course of their 65 years of married life and produced a legacy of love for people, a passion for art and also modeled a deep faith in God. In 1989 Gov. George Sinner declared a holiday in ND in which he proclaimed September 17th to be “Henry Lorentzen Day". The Washburn Art Association produced a booklet for the event in which this quote by Henry was found. “I hope my reputation never exceeds my talent!”
Henry’s ability to put forth the North Dakota terrain with a vibrant mix of color and attention to form allowed him to capture the raw emotion of a rugged land, so harsh and unforgiving in climate and yet so tranquil and beautiful to behold. His eye adored the scenery and the people that he developed into the countless subjects of his life work as North Dakota’s Farmer/Rancher Artist.
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