The Swan at Bayview Lake
11 x 14 in.
Oil on linen
Available at Blowing Rock Frameworks & Gallery Small Works Exhibition, August 6-20, 2018
Call 828.295.0041

During a recent plein air event, Jason set his easel next to a small lake and was soon joined by a swan who seemed intent on posing for most of an hour. When encounters with nature happen with such alacrity, an artist is compelled to respond. A portrait style image emerged as the most appropriate way to capture the beautiful form of this bird.

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 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.

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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