About Bob Lorenz
Bob Lorenz, renowned railroad artist and photographer, is a native of Fremont, Ohio. He attended the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida and the Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo, Ohio. He spent fifteen years in the commercial art field and was employed as art director with an advertising sign company. Following this period, Bob ventured into free-lance artwork, specializing in railroads and Americana.
Bob has played a major role in the design of five steam-powered trains. In 1969, he designed the color scheme for the Golden Spike Centennial. He was staff artist for the American Freedom Train, which toured the country in 1975-76. Bob painted the Chessie Steam Special in 1977 and the Chessie Safety Express locomotive #614 in 1980. He later painted the engine for Operation Lifesaver. The ACE 3000 project of American Coal Enterprises was a project in which he was involved in the late 1970s.
Four of his original oil paintings were hung in the Amtrak offices in Washington, D.C. The scenes depicting the use of coal and the interior of Ross E. Rowland’s private car, featured in an article in the March 11, 1985 PEOPLE Magazine, are also Bob’s work.
Over 50 of Bob’s paintings were on display for two years at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center in the mid-1990s.
Bob and his wife Bea are now in their 90s and continue to live in Fremont, Ohio. Bob continues to paint at his home studio.