“The End of Summer”
Egg tempera on gessoed panel
20 x 30 in.
Available at the C.M. Russell Museum exhibition and sale, March 16-18, 2017
About the Artist:
Jason Drake was born in 1955 and demonstrated an artistic ability from early childhood. But little boys also want to fly airplanes and the world of math and science lured him down the path to an engineering degree and a career as a military pilot. But he never forgot the artistic passion he cultivated while drawing and painting as a boy.
Following his military years, Jason worked as a graphic designer, creating marketing materials for print and the web. He learned the impact of visual communication and the power of a finely-tuned composition. Clean lines and simple lighting are as much a reflection of his personality as they are a mainstay in his work.
But he never abandoned his passion to be an artist. As a young man, he was influenced by the work of great illustrators like Norman Rockwell, NC Wyeth, and Howard Pyle. Later his attention turned to masters like Sargent, Winslow Homer, and Andrew Wyeth and he decided that the lasting impact of fine art painting was the fulfillment of his dreams. Always learning, Jason continues to develop his skills through workshops, books, videos, lessons with other artists, and putting miles on his brush.
Paintings in oil have comprised most of Jason’s body of work but a recent focus on egg tempera has produced his most exciting pieces yet. Seeing numerous Andrew Wyeth exhibits drew him toward the medium and its unique ability to render light through layers of color. Egg tempera has now become a mainstay in his repertoire.
Jason believes that his art should lift you up, elevate your perspective and help you hold onto things that have meaning.
Gallery owner Tim Miller wrote, “The depth and emotion of his American realism paintings captures the attention of every client who enters the gallery and he’s quickly become a sought after name amongst our patrons. Jason’s work is as stimulating as it is mature, as beautiful as it is timeless.”
Egg tempera master Koo Schadler observed that Jason’s work is “beautiful and accomplished; his tonal sense is excellent.”
Living in the Appalachian Mountains near Boone, North Carolina, he paints the wonder of nature that surrounds him and finds beauty in ordinary things and close friends. He is committed to producing works that reflect the glory of God and the dignity of Man.
To view more of Jason’s work, go to www.jasondrake.com.