“Every painting starts with the horse for me — the way the light catches its gesture and movement,” says Jason Rich. It’s no wonder, since he grew up riding, training and drawing horses on a small farm in southern Idaho. He spent many childhood summers on cattle drives with his uncle and couldn’t imagine a better place to be than on the back of a horse.
His interest in art was fostered at a young age as well. His mother says, “He’s been drawing horses since he could pick up a pencil.” He studied art at Utah State University under Glenn Edwards, a talented artist and instructor who encouraged traditional and representational art in a department that mostly emphasized contemporary and abstract applications. Upon completing his education, Jason dedicated himself to pursuing art full time. “My wife and I lived in a basement. Our first baby slept in a closet. But we knew art was what we wanted to do.”
Jason quickly established himself in the art market receiving much recognition including the Arts for the Parks competition Grand Prize in 1997 and the Founders Favorite Award in 1999. He won the Best New Auction Artist Award at the C.M. Russell Auction in 1998 and was the 2002 National Cattlemen’s Beef Association poster artist.
In 2007 he was the featured cowboy artist at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum for its National Day of the American Cowboy event celebrating John Wayne’s 100th birthday. At the Autry National Center’s 2008 Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale he was the recipient of the first annual Spirit of the West Award. In 2012, he won the TCAA Award and a Silver Medal in Oil Painting, which he won again at 2013 show.
Jason currently lives on a small acreage in northern Utah with his wife, Kari, three children and three horses.
“I live in the foothills now. I love that I can hop on my horse and be in the mountains in a matter of minutes.”
CAA Member since 2011
Born: April 26, 1970
Utah State University