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.
Jason 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. Still, he never forgot the artistic passion he cultivated while drawing and painting as a child.
Later he worked as a graphic designer, creating marketing materials for print and the web and it was there Jason 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.
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.”
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.”
Egg tempera master Koo Schadler observed that Jason’s work is “beautiful and accomplished; his tonal sense is excellent.”
Living with his wife Holly and his dog Max 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.
MEMBERSHIPS - Portrait Society of America, Oil Painters of America, American Watercolor Society, North Carolina Watercolor Society, Artists Rights Society
April 28 - August 18, 2019 - Hickory Museum of Art - Blue Ridge Realists 50th Anniversary Exhibit - Hickory, NC
August 6-20, 2018 - Blowing Rock Frameworks & Gallery - Small Works: A Group Exhibit, Blowing Rock, NC
July 6-20, 2018 - South Street Art Gallery Group Exhibit, Easton, MD
July 14-28, 2018 - Collins Galleries Summer Salon, Orleans, MA
January 5 - February 28, 2018 - Robert Lange Studios, The Color of Water watercolor Exhibit, Charleston, SC
November 20-30, 2017 - Collins Galleries Small Works Holiday Exhibit, Orleans, MA
September 9 - December 31, 2017 - Bennington Center for the Arts, Artists for the New Century, Bennington, VT
August 14-26, 2017 - Blowing Rock Frameworks & Gallery Close to Home, solo show, Blowing Rock, NC
May 1-30, 2016 - Robert Lange Studios Remnants, Charleston, SC
News & Awards
December 2018 - My painting, “Daybreak at River’s Edge” was named a Finalist in the category “Animals as the Subject” in the Portrait Society of America Members Only competition for 2018. Read more…
May 2018 - Fine Art Connoisseur magazine selected me as one of “Three To Watch” artists for the year. The article by writer Allison Malafronte described my work by writing, “With so much thought, observation, and reﬂection behind each piece, it is clear why Drake’s paintings frequently cause viewers to pause.” Read the full article here.
December 2017 - My painting, "Morning Chores" (16 x 24 in., watercolor on paper) was named a Finalist in the Still Life category in the Portrait Society of America Members Only competition for 2017.
August 2017 - Blowing Rock Frameworks & Gallery hosted a solo exhibition of my work in a show titled, "Close to Home." Fourteen pieces were offered including watercolors, oils and egg tempera paintings. Twelve have sold.
August 2017 - The Mountain Times newspaper displayed an article on my recent solo exhibition at the Blowing Rock Frameworks & Gallery in Blowing Rock, NC on the front cover along with stories on the total eclipse.
May 2017 - "Time to Dream," a figurative oil painting depicting my friend Shamba Wright in his quest to follow his artistic dreams was included in a Fine Art Connoisseur magazine article entitled "More Than Just Faces" under the recurring section, "Today's Masters." This painting was selected alongside the work of 29 other outstanding artists.
March 2017 - The egg tempera painting, "The End of Summer", was exhibited at the C.M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, MT and offered for sale at The Russell, the annual fundraising event hosted by the museum. The auction accounted for $5.6million in art sales. Read more...
December 2016 - The egg tempera painting, "The End of Summer" was named a Finalist in the category, Non-Commissioned Portrait in the Portrait Society of America Members Only Competition for 2016.
November 2016 - The egg tempera painting, "The Promise of Spring" is displayed in a Fine Art Connoisseur magazine article entitled, "The Enduring Appeal of Youth" that looks at recent examples of contemporary artists who capture children in their paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints and other art forms. the pages offer 26 images of art from some of the best and most recognized figurative artists in the country today. Read more...
October 2016 - "The End of Summer" has been selected for inclusion at the Russell Event, an exhibit and fine art auction at the C.M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, Montana in March 2017. Read more...
November 2015 - The oil painting, "Saddle Up" was selected for an honorable mention in the category, Still Life in the Portrait Society of America Members Only Competition for 2015. Learn more...
October 2014 - The oil painting "Grandfather Mountain Reverie" was judged a finalist in the Figurative Category of the Art Renewal Center (ARC) 2013-2014 Salon. With an approximate 2200 entries by over 1,000 artists, the 2013/2014 ARC Salon competition only selected 685 finalists. Learn more...