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Lambertville, NJ 08530
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Jason Tako

Autumn Maple - Sold

Autumn Maple - Sold

Ole Rusty - Sold

Ole Rusty - Sold

Evening Winter Patterns - Sold

Evening Winter Patterns - Sold

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His grandfather a carpenter, his father an artist and carpenter, Jason also developed an interest in art at a young age. While growing up in rural Minnesota, he would spend hours in the wetlands and wooded areas sketching and observing the wildlife and nature that surrounded him. Jason soon became known by teachers and peers for his artistic abilities, and eventually won an award in a state-wide high school illustration competition.

During his senior year in high school, at the urging of some friends Jason switched his focus to learning music and electric bass. He then graduated from the McNally Smith College of Music with the Outstanding Bassist of the Year award. But ten years later, after realizing how much he missed being outdoors and recording his observations, Jason bought a sketchbook and headed back out to the woods and wetlands. There he painstakingly worked his way from pencil to watercolor while using nature and wildlife as his subject matter and teacher. Not long after, Jason went back to college and earned his degree in Applied Visual Arts and was encouraged by his teacher Bara Arens to pursue a career in fine art. Jason furthered his studies under renowned landscape artist Scott Christensen and a constant passion for plein air painting.

Direct experience is the primary inspiration for Jason's work which blends realism with painterly expression. Usually he seeks a location or subject matter that interests him and will create field studies on location (aka plein air paintings) and take photographs. Back in the studio this reference material is utilized to create a final painting. At other times Jason will complete a painting on location-alla prima, en plein air. Jason has a passion for the prairie wetlands, classic and rural architecture, waterfowl, and western wildlife. Many of his paintings are from trips to his home state of Minnesota or out to Wyoming. Yet he will often be found painting locally where he and his wife raise their children in southern Pennsylvania. Jason's Catholic Faith influences not only his views on life, but also on art. He often says he is really just plagiarizing the beauty that God has given to us. Since created beauty is ever in motion, and God is ever constant, Jason views art as trying to make ever-changing beauty ever-constant. In this way he hopes his art will lift the viewer to a contemplation higher than what is seen.


  • People's Choice Award-Plein Air Camp Hill 2014
  • Honorable Mention-Plein Air Camp Hill 2014
  • Award of Excellence-NatureWorks Wildlife Art Show 2014
  • Utretch Award-Cumberland Society of Painters First Annual Exhibition 2013
  • 2nd Place-Local Color Plein Air 2013
  • Quick Draw Honorable Mention-Plein Air Easton 2013
  • Quick Draw People's Choice Award-Plein Air Camp Hill 2013
  • 3rd Place-Plein Air Camp Hill 2013
  • 2nd Place-Easels in Frederick 2012
  • Quick Draw Honorable Mention-Easels in Frederick 2012
  • 1st Place Quick Draw Award-Plein Air Camp Hill 2012
  • People's Choice Award-Plein Air Camp Hill 2012
  • Honorable Mention-Plein Air Camp Hill 2012
  • 2nd Place-Mountain Maryland Plein Air 2012
  • Best of Show-Contemporary Fine Art International Miniature Juried Show, Fall 2011
  • Juror's Award-Paint the Parks 2011 Mini50
  • Western Art Collector Editor's Choice Award-51st Annual Art & the Animal Exhibition 2011, Society of Animal Artists
  • Vanishing Landscape Award-Plein Air Easton 2011
  • Best Architectural Painting-Plein Air Easton 2011
  • Grand Prize-Plein Air Camp Hill 2011
  • 2nd Place Quick Draw Award-Plein Air Camp Hill 2011
  • 2nd place VIP Best of Show-Waterfowl Festival 2010
  • 2010 Recipient of the Evelyn & Peter Haller Distinguished Young Artist Award, by the Society of Animal Artists
  • Quick Draw Honorable Mention-Plein Air Easton 2010
  • Quick Draw Honorable Mention-Plein Air Easton 2007

Recent Shows & Exhibits

  • 2014 Door County Plein Air, Door County, WI
  • 2012-2014 NatureWorks Wildlife Art Show, Tulsa, OK
  • 2013 Local Color Plein Air, Bucks County, PA
  • 2012 NatureWorks Wildlife Art Show, Tulsa, OK
  • 2012 Mountain Maryland Plein Air, Cumberland, MD
  • 2012 Society of Animal Artists Annual Art & the Animal Exhibition, Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Oradell, NJ
  • 2011-2014 Plein Air Camp Hill, Camp Hill, PA
  • 2007-2014 Southeastern Wildlife Expo, Charleston, SC
  • 2005-2014 Waterfowl Festival, Easton, MD
  • 2009-2014 History Meets the Arts, Gettysburg, PA
  • 2009-2013 Plein-Air Easton, Easton, MD
  • 2012 Easels in Frederick, Frederick, MD
  • 2012 Plein Air Vermont, Bennington, VT
  • 2011 Society of Animal Artists Annual Art & the Animal Exhibition, Traverse City, MI
  • 2011 Paint the Parks, St. Louis, MO
  • 2010 Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival, Thomasville, GA
  • 2009 Jason Tako Solo Show, Lord Nelson's Gallery, Gettysburg, PA


  • Society of Animal Artists-Signature Member
  • Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association-Associate Member


  • Western Art Collector Magazine, March 2012
  • Plein Air Magazine, Winter 2011