oil on board, 20 inches x 30 inches

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About Jason Drake

Jason Drake was born at a time when the American culture promoted unlimited idealism and opportunity. His life was centered around faith and family and he was encouraged to pursue whatever he set his mind on. At first he ignored the hours spent drawing and painting as a boy to go off to college, study engineering, and learn to fly. But that life did not hold him for long and eventually he left flying to pursue a career using his artistic abilities.

Jason then worked for years as a graphic designer creating marketing materials in print and on the web which instilled in him a strong sense of the impact of visual communication and the power of a fine-tuned composition. Building advertising tools cemented in him the principles of design that still influence his work today. Simple, clean lines and classic lighting are as much a reflection of his personality as they are a mainstay in his work.

But he could not ignore his desire to be a painter. He taught himself the technical aspects of art, moving from line drawings he did as a child to water media, then to oil. He consumed books, magazines, videos, and any other instructional material he could find to improve his techniques. Years spent on the computer retouching images provided a foundation with a rich knowledge of color harmonies and lighting balance.

During his younger years the most prevalent influences on his artwork were the great illustrators, including Rockwell, NC Wyeth, Leyendecker, and Howard Pyle. Later he was attracted to painters like Sargent, Zorn, Winslow Homer, Bouguereau, and Andrew Wyeth. Each had an impact, each taught him an important aspect of painting. While it could be said that someone who is self taught learns more slowly, the time spent being compelled by the inner drive to create brings out results that can be unique and lasting.

Living in the Appalachian Mountains near Boone, North Carolina, he paints what surrounds him and finds beauty in the simplest things. He comes alive when he is painting and is committed to producing works that reflect the glory of God and the dignity of Man.