Reluctance – Barn Owl
30 x 20 in.
Oil on linen
Reluctance – Barn Owl is available through South Street Art Gallery in Easton, MD. To learn more, go to

Jason Drake is an American realist painter whose work is focused on the landscape, the figure, and the beauty of animals in the natural world. His style elevates uniqueness over the banal, the deep spark over the quick flash. He believes that his art should lift you up, elevate your perspective and help you hold onto things that have meaning.

Fine Art Connoisseur magazine recently featured Jason in their “Three to Watch” article. Writer Allison Malafronte suggested, “With so much thought, observation, and reflection behind each piece, it is clear why Drake’s paintings frequently cause viewers to pause.”

Jason’s recent focus on wildlife produced this rendering of a barn owl by an old spigot. While the interaction of man with creatures in nature is a timeless and universal theme we most often have experienced it on a farm. Farm life is not only a place of unending work, but of encounters with the beautiful and the mysterious. This painting attempts to combine those by capturing a fleeting moment when the magnificent alights on the mundane.

Gallery owner Tim Miller wrote, “The depth and emotion of his 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.”

Regarding a recently sold egg tempera piece, one collector wrote, “At age 67, I welcome all the pauses I can come by and I am sure that I will spend many hours enjoying this painting. You have obviously done something special here.”

Living with his wife Holly and his dog Max in the Appalachian Mountains near Boone, North Carolina, Jason 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.

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