East Stroudsburg, PA
The possibilities that are presented on a blank canvas and the smell of freshly applied gesso have always inspired Jason Williamson to be creative. â€śAlthough a canvas may be blank it is full of significance and acts as a muse for self-expressionâ€ť. The challenges that each new piece brings to the table are exhilarating and Jason always strives for a new approach or method of technique to satisfy his artistic visions. He enjoys working in oil and acrylic mediums; however oil has become his favorite medium of choice. In addition, he also incorporates other mediums such as ink when working with acrylics. When working in either medium Jason generally likes to paint abstract and landscape works. Growing up in the woods of the Pocono Mountains has made quite a lasting impression on him and has instilled a close relationship with nature. â€śWhen collecting references and material I like to be alone in the woods and engage in the depth of my surroundingsâ€ť. The birds chirping, lighting, colors and the seemingly endless detail really puts him into the zone, and is a great escape from modern day life. However, when Jason works on abstract paintings he likes to explore his â€śmentalscapeâ€ť. Jason does this by experimenting with different ways to explode on canvas and finding solutions to visual â€śproblemsâ€ť that he creates. Some of Jason Williamsonâ€™s biggest inspirations for painting are but not limited to: Claude Monet, William Turner, James Whistler, and Wassily Kandinsky. In addition, he was guided by many family members and mentors. Without all of their input his canvas would still be blank.
Born in 1985, Jason Williamson realized at a young age that he was interested in art. â€śI remember the painting shows that were on television and how they inspired me when I was very youngâ€ť he said. â€śAt that time I didnâ€™t really have an art setup so I would go through the house and look for anything I could use to create art including pastels and crayonsâ€ť. He would then â€śpaintâ€ť along with the artists on television. However, the television wasnâ€™t his only source of inspiration growing up. â€śMy mother and paternal grandfather were both art directors and freelance artists, and my maternal grandmother was a painter and freelance artist as wellâ€ť. These family members along with others were always supportive of Jasonâ€™s efforts, usually offering lessons and tips. â€śI am thankful for all the mentors and family members who pulled me aside and showed me techniques throughout the yearsâ€ť. He enjoys painting both abstract and landscape works equally and sometimes he works on both subjects at the same time. â€śMoving back and forth is a great way to keep your mind focused on the big picture, because sometimes you end up with tunnel vision if you focus on a particular piece or subject too longâ€ť. Jason is looking forward to a life of creativity and exploration in his painting career. â€śThis is what I feel my niche in life is supposed to be, I couldnâ€™t live any kind of existence without painting and creating art!â€ť Jason currently works out of his studio in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.
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â€˘ Pocono Mountain School Exhibit, PA 2003
â€˘ Pocono Mountain School Exhibit, PA 2004
*Numerous awards including first place and best of show award*
â€˘ Brookview Manor Exhibit (permanent), PA 2004 -2014
â€˘ Pocono Mountain School (career day class exhibit) , PA 2005
â€˘ Art On Main Exhibitâ€“Stroudsburg, PA 2014
â€˘ OsteoStrong Exhibit â€“ Nashville, TN 2014
â€˘ Member of the Pocono Arts Council, PA 2014
â€˘ â€śGatewayâ€ť featured in the Why Not group, FAA, online, oil on canvas, 2014.
â€˘ â€śRugged Strokesâ€ť featured in the Why Not group, FAA, online, oil on canvas, 2014.
Member of the Pocono Arts Council, PA 2015
â€˘ Second Place award for excellence in Bright Splashes contest, abstract (FAA online), â€śGatewayâ€ť, 2014.
â€˘ 4 paintings exhibited at Grand Ole Opry Christmas vendor event, Nashville, TN 2014, "Camel Top Fire Tower", "Birchwood Lake", "Egotistical Bypass"," Abeel Fields". (special thanks to Kara Williamson and Jason Cronan).
â€˘ â€śTechnicolor Bloomâ€ť featured in the Vibrant Color Art group, FAA, online, oil on canvas, 2015.
â€˘ â€śExpression # 8â€ť featured in the Vibrant Color Art group, FAA, online, oil on canvas, 2015.
â€˘ First place award for excellence in Crazy Abstract- February contest, abstract (FAA Online), â€śGatewayâ€ť, 2015.
â€˘ Uncommon Grounds Coffee Shop exhibit, Nashville, TN 2015. "Camel Top Fire Tower", "Birchwood Lake", "Egotistical Bypass"," Abeel Fields".
(Special thanks to Kara Williamson and Jason Cronan as well as Uncommon Grounds Coffee Shop for their promotion of my work).
â€˘ First place award for excellence in the â€śUnder The Microscopeâ€ť contest hosted by Yelena Tylkina, (FAA online), winning piece â€śGatewayâ€ť, 2015.
â€˘ Pocono Arts Members' Exhibition, Stroudsburg, PA , 2015. Special thanks to the ArtSpace Gallery for showing my piece â€śGeometric Musicâ€ť in their exhibit. On display May 9th â€“ May 30th, 2015.
â€˘ â€śSmall worksâ€ť exhibit hosted by the ArtSpace Gallery, Stroudsburg, PA, 2015. Special thanks to the ArtSpace Gallery and the Pocono Arts Council for exhibiting my paintings â€śTechnicolor Bloomâ€ť and â€śShowery Autumn Expressionâ€ť. On display June 1st â€“ June 29th
â€˘ Landscape exhibit hosted by the ArtSpace Gallery, Stroudsburg, PA, 2015. Special thanks to the ArtSpace Gallery and the Pocono Arts Council for exhibiting my painting â€śMountain Viewâ€ť for the month of July. On display July 1st - July 26.
â€˘ Second place award in the landscape exhibition hosted by the ArtSpace Gallery, Stroudsburg, PA, 2015. The winning piece is â€śMountain Viewâ€ť. Special thanks to the Pocono Arts Council and the ArtSpace Gallery for helping me promote my work!
â€˘ First place award for excellence in the online contest â€śAbstract and Surrealâ€ť hosted by the Show Off group on FAA. The winning painting is Cerebral DĂ©cor # 6! Special thanks to the Show Off group for hosting this contest and helping me promote my work. In addition, I would also like to thank all the FAA members who voted for my painting. FAA online, oil on canvas, 2015. ( # 1 out of 1,072 submissions).
â€˘ Internal Dynamics # 2 is featured in the Exclusively Drawings and Paintings group! Special thanks to the Exclusively Drawings and Paintings group for helping me promote my work as well as featuring my painting Internal Dynamics # 2 in their group!! FAA online, oil on canvas, 2015.
â€˘ Dutot Museum And Gallery , â€śThe 38th Annual Celebration of the Arts festival (COTA) officially kicks off with an opening reception at the Dutot Museum for the Musical Motif Show, a juried exhibition of artwork with a musical themeâ€ť(Dutot). The two paintings of mine involved in the show are â€śGatewayâ€ť oil on canvas 30â€ťx40â€ťx 1.5â€ť and â€śGeometric Musicâ€ť oil on canvas 16â€ťx20â€ťx 5/8â€ť. Special thanks to the Dutot Museum and Gallery as well as all the people involved with C.O.T.A for helping me promote my work! 2015.
â€˘ First place award for excellence in the contest â€śPhone Cases-Abstract Designâ€ť. The winning painting selected was â€śGatewayâ€ť (30â€ťx40â€ťx1.5â€ť oil on canvas). Competition hosted by Brooks Garten Hauschild. # 1 out of 208 submissions. (FAA Online, 2015).
â€˘ Tie for 3rd place in the online contest â€“â€ś Artwork representing your spiritual journeyâ€ť. The winning painting is Expression #8 (oil on canvas 11â€ťx14â€ťx.0625â€ť). There were 728 pieces and 224 participants in this national online contest. Competition hosted by Tara Miller. (2015).
â€˘ Fifteen paintings exhibited in public art gallery (Sarahâ€™s Corner CafĂ© / Pocono Inne Town) located on Main Street in Stroudsburg, PA. The exhibit runs February 1st â€“ March 31st 2016. Special thanks to the Pocono Arts Council and Sarahâ€™s Corner CafĂ© / Pocono Inne Town for making this exhibit possible and helping me promote my work! (2016). (One man show)
â€˘ Pocono Arts Councilâ€™s Abstraction Show hosted by the ARTSPACE Gallery located on Main Street in Stroudsburg, PA. The selected piece is "Gateway" (30â€ťx40â€ťx1.5â€ť) oil on canvas. Feb 1st -29th 2016. Special thanks to the Pocono Arts Council and the ARTSPACE Gallery for helping me promote my work ! (2016).
â€˘ Jason Williamsonâ€™s painting â€śGatewayâ€ť (30â€ťx40â€ťx1.5â€ť oil on canvas) won 3rd place in the February Abstraction Exhibit hosted by the ARTSPACE Gallery located on Main /Seventh Street in Stroudsburg. (Feb 2016).
â€˘ Jason Williamsonâ€™s painting â€śBirchwood Lakeâ€ť (11â€ťx14â€ť, oil on canvas) was featured in Pocono Arts Councilâ€™s monthly magazine !
â€˘ Eighteen paintings exhibited in The Pocono Record Newspaper public gallery (one man show) located at 511 Lenox Street, Stroudsburg PA. Special thanks to the Pocono Arts Council and The Pocono Record for helping me promote my work ! The Exhibit runs 4/1/2016 â€“ 5/31/2016. ( 2016).
â€˘ Pocono Arts Council Annual Juried Members' Exhibition hosted by the ARTSPACE Gallery. The submitted painting is â€śCreatures Of Sea Glass Reefâ€ť (24â€ťx30â€ťx1.5â€ť) oil on canvas. Exhibit runs May 7 - May 28 2016.
â€˘ Thirteen paintings exhibited in the Monroe County Bar Association building (one man show) located in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Exhibit on display from June 1st â€“ July 31st 2016. Thank you to The Pocono Arts Council and The Monroe County Bar Association for helping me promote my work!
www.poconoarts.org (Pocono Arts Council website)