The Wild is Not So Far From All of Us
As the largest feline carnivore in North America mountain lions, or cougars, may reach up to 8 feet in length and weigh between 130 and 150 lbs. The largest recorded mountain lion weighed in at 276 lbs.
Jason chose to paint this image as he imagined it might appear in a chance encounter along a wooded mountain trail. Scenes like this are very common in western North Carolina and cougars once roamed freely there but it has been many years since one has been seen. Sadly, the variety you might encounter in this part of the country, the Eastern Cougar, has been marked as extinct.
Though he has never been face-to-face with a mountain lion in the wild, the artist’s depiction of this animal was intended to display the beauty in its gracefulness but also its terrifying potential as a hunter.
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.”
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.
For more work by Jason Drake, visit his artwork page.
Close Encounter - oil on linen, 36 x 24 in., $7,800
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