Portraitist Lenz won the National Portrait Gallery’s inaugural Outwin Boochever Portrait Commission (2006) with a painting of his son Sam, born with Down syndrome. The artist has devoted his efforts to showcasing with empathy people who have been overlooked or marginalized by society. These may be the disabled, the homeless, fundamentally those viewed by the mainstream as powerless. His realism is tempered by metaphors that tip his work toward the surreal. Lenz received his BFA from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (1985). He has had several museum shows in Wisconsin and his work is in corporate and public collections.