Wildlife, Western, Landscape and Plein Air oil paintings by American Artist Jason Tako
Friday, November 5, 2010
Snowy Owl, oil on linen, 14"x11"
I love painting white, whether its snow or some kind of animal. I always have fun with all the subtle tones and neutral colors. Rarely-if ever-is anything in nature pure white. While the local color of the object may be completely white, the light source will almost always give it some kind of slight tone. This fact reminds me of the Transfiguration of Jesus, where it says in Scripture that His clothes became dazzling white, as no fuller on earth could make them. While I do have a couple spots of almost pure white paint in the highlights of this painting, I guess pure white in nature is usually reserved for Divinity.
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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.