Wildlife, Western, Landscape and Plein Air oil paintings by American Artist Jason Tako
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Winter Memories, oil on linen, 12"x16"
I'm sure most of you have either heard of or experienced first-hand the blizzard that slammed the Mid-Atlantic last night and today. While yesterday I heard many complaints about the approaching snow, I for one was very excited because I love painting snow scenes. I started this one yesterday in the late afternoon and completed most of it en plein air. Painting this on the spot was tricky. When I started there was hardly any snow but after about an hour and a half the wind was driving snow all over my pallet. Despite the challenges I'm very pleased with the results. Winter Memories, oil on linen, 12"x16"
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Jason started drawing at a young age. It was discovered by his teachers and peers that he possessed a knack and desire for artwork, a desire that he pursued until his senior year when he switched to playing electric bass. About 10 years later Jason realized how much he had missed nature and artwork and began to sketch again. He painstakingly worked his way from pencil to watercolor while using nature and wildlife as his subject matter. A love for wildlife and landscape came natural being that he was born and raised in rural Minnesota.
One of the things Jason enjoys most about his art is going out into nature and gathering experiences that will later be brushed onto canvas. Jason has a deep passion for the north woods and prairies. Some of his favorite memories are camping trips up in northern Minnesota. These trips have turned into beautiful paintings that express his passion for the north. Jason also has a love for simpler times that are long since gone; old barns, still life paintings with hand-sewn bunnies and flowers and other subjects express this longing for the past.