About The Artist
"Every painting starts with the horse for me, the way the light catches its gesture and movement."
Jason Rich grew up riding, training, and drawing horses on a small farm in southern Idaho where a love of art and western life was cultivated. This foundation led Jason to study art at Utah State University where he received Bachelor's and Master's degrees in fine art. Upon completing his education, Jason dedicated himself to pursuing art full time and quickly established himself in the art market.
For nearly three decades, Jason has enjoyed much success and recognition in prestigious organizations, shows, events, and elite publications (see below). To get inspiration and reference for his work, Jason hikes and bikes across a variety of western landscapes, and rides horseback alongside cowboys working the corrals or packing through the mountains. He then combines experience, imagination, and research to depict authentic western life.
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?"
Awards and Recognition
- President 2018-19, Cowboy Artists of America Organization
- “Stetson Award” Best Overall Exhibition, Cowboy Artists of America Annual Art Sale & Exhibition 2015
- Western Artist of the Year, Academy of Western Artists 2014
- Cache Valley Cowboy Rendezvous, Poster Artist 2014
- Silver Medal in Oil Painting, Cowboy Artists of America Annual Art Sale & Exhibition 2013
- Jackson Hole Arts Festival, Poster Artist 2013
- Heber Valley Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Poster Artist 2012
- Silver Medal in Oil Painting, Cowboy Artists of America Annual Art Sale & Exhibition 2012
- Traditional Cowboy Arts Association (TCAA) Award “Best Portrayal of a Cowboy Subject,” Cowboy Artists of America Annual Art Sale & Exhibition 2012
- Cowboy Artists of America Member, October 2011
- “Spirit of the West Award,” Masters of the American West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale 2008
- National Cattleman’s Beef Association, Poster Artist 2002
- “Founders Favorite,” Arts for the Parks 1998, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
- “Ralph “Tuffy” Berg Award: Best New Artist,” C.M. Russell Auction 1998, Great Falls, Montana
- Grand Prize, Arts for the Parks 1997