“Every painting starts with the horse for me, the way the light catches its gesture and movement.” It’s no wonder since western artist 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 and events. In 2011, he was accepted into the prestigious Cowboy Artists of America group and served as President in 2018-19 during a historic and unprecedented year leading the group in hosting their annual show independently for the first time in 54 years. In the Cowboy Artists Annual Exhibition Jason received the “Stetson Award” for Best Overall Exhibition in 2015, and the Silver Medal in Oil Painting in 2013 and 2012. He was also recognized as “Western Artist of the Year” by Academy of Western Artists in 2014, was the Jackson Hole Arts Festival Poster Artist in 2013, and won the “Spirit of the West Award” in the Masters of the American West Art Exhibition in 2008. 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 Cowboys & Indians, Western Art Collector, Art of the West, Southwest Art, and on the cover of Western Horseman.
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 family, 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?”