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Art becomes another way to tell story of ag

About a year ago, I wrote a column about my son Wade and his art. It was titled "The Artistry Of Farming" and I was inspired to share his story as I came to the realization that there is more than one way to share the story of agriculture.

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Wade Lawrence (far left) and the ranchers whose family owned the bull. (Marytina Lawrence/Special to Agweek)

About a year ago, I wrote a column about my son Wade and his art. It was titled "The Artistry Of Farming" and I was inspired to share his story as I came to the realization that there is more than one way to share the story of agriculture.

My son, through a random drawing class, began to influence people about cattle. He would not only become student of the month but his pieces were then displayed in the front of the high school and with the choice I made to write about it, the article would then be picked up by another magazine that was nationwide.

As a result of that pick up, my son Wade received a call about two months ago from a cattleman in Nebraska. Upon reading the article, he decided to give Wade the opportunity of a lifetime and he commissioned him to do a piece of art for an organization that he was a part of in Nebraska.

At the time, we all thought what a great opportunity for him. Wade has continued to develop his new found talent and this was just one more way to do that. He received his direction as to what he would be drawing and was sent the photograph to base the piece on and began his work.

As the time got closer for completion and delivery, my farmer husband and I both felt strongly that Wade should deliver the piece in person. Not totally thrilled with the idea of driving 9 1/2 hours one way to the event, we still felt it was important. So on Oct. 13, 2018, my son Wade and I got in the car and began the trek to Mullen, Neb.

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Upon arrival, it became evident to both of us that this piece of art that my son had created was a bit more important than we realized.

Upon presentation of the piece we became aware that the bull Wade had drawn was being inducted into the organization's Hall of Fame and that this rendition of the bull Wade had created would be placed in a museum to represent the bull for years to come.

I watched my son graciously present his artwork to three generations of family members who stand on the heritage of that bull and witnessed again, how art can inspire life.

This story has come full circle.

I never anticipated my young student of the month would become an artist in such a short time. But his artwork continues as more commissions are in the works for him and his love for cattle continues to witness to those around him. I can't wait for the next chapter of this story.

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