“Every painting starts with the horse for me, the way the light catches its gesture and movement.” It’s no wonder, since Jason Rich grew up riding, training and drawing horses on a small farm in southern Idaho. Jason’s interest in art was fostered at a young age, which led him to study art at Utah State University where he received bachelor and master of fine art degrees. Upon completing his education, Jason dedicated himself to pursuing art full time and quickly established himself in the art market.
Over more than two decades, Jason has enjoyed much success and recognition in prestigious organizations, shows, events including: “Stetson Award” Best Overall Exhibition, CA Art Exhibition & Sale 2015; Western Artist of the Year, Academy of Western Artists 2014; Silver Medal in Oil Painting, CA Art Exhibition & Sale 2013, 2012; Jackson Hole Arts Festival, Poster Artist 2013; “Spirit of the West Award,” Masters of the American West Art Exhibition & Sale 2008; National Cattleman’s Beef Association, Poster Artist 2002; Grand Prize, Arts for the Parks 1997. In 2007 he was chosen as the featured cowboy artist at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum for their “National Day of the American Cowboy” event celebrating the 100th birthday of John Wayne where Jason gave demonstrations, interviews and workshops.
Jason’s work has been featured in elite publications including Cowboys & Indians, Western Art Collector, Art of the West, Southwest Art, and on the cover of Western Horseman and Rocky Mountain Rider.
To get inspiration and reference for his work, Jason rides alongside cowboys working the corrals or packing through the mountains. He then combines experience, imagination and research to depict authenticity of the cowboy way. Living in the mountains of northern Utah with his wife and children, Jason feels he is living his dream. “I live in a place I love, with people I love, doing what I love. What could be better than that?”
Jason and his wife Kari have raised three children and live in Cache Valley, Utah.
CAA Member since 2011
Education: Utah State University, BFA Art Education/Illustration, MFA Illustration