“Every painting starts with the horse for me,” Jason Rich says, “the way the light catches its gesture and movement.” It’s no wonder, since he grew up riding, training, and drawing horses on a small farm in southern Idaho. His Western roots and passion for art influenced his decision to pursue an art profession. By the time he completed undergraduate and master’s degrees in art at Utah State University, he had established himself in the Western art market.
Rich was accepted as a member of the Cowboy Artists of America in 2011 and immediately received recognition for his depiction of the cowboy lifestyle, winning two awards in his first show with the group.
Light and movement are major factors in what inspires Rich’s paintings. In addition to getting out to ride alongside cowboys to capture authenticity, Rich also paints on location as often as possible. “It forces me to observe, paint quickly, and edit,” he says.