Jason_Tako_photo2Jason Tako

USA

Jason developed an interest in art at a very young age. In school he was always known as the resident artist. By high school he would spend much of his free time exploring and sketching wildlife in the woods, lakes and wetland areas near Faribault, Minnesota where he grew up. During Jason’s senior year he won a 2nd place Gold medallion Award for Magazine and Art Illustration from the University of Minnesota.

Before high school graduation he left the visual art world all together for a 9 year stint as an electric bassist. After realizing that the lifestyle of a road musician was not for him, he returned to visual art. “While taking a winter walk with some friends in the local nature center, I realized how much I missed the solitude of nature and my desire to paint it.”

Taking up the discipline of sketching from life every day, Jason plunged back into the world of wildlife art. He focused the first couple of years on filling up as many sketch books as possible before picking up the paint brush. Jason then earned an A.A.S. degree in Applied Visual Arts at Dakota County Technical College in Minnesota and has worked as an illustrator, graphic designer and fine artist for over 5 years now. He has exhibited and sold work at the Blueberry Jam Festival, and Faribault Art Center. His paintings are currently displayed in many private collections in Minnesota and Pennsylvania. Jason has also created illustrations and designs for Amgen, Harley Davidson retailers, GlaxoSmithKline, Jaguar, Penske Racing, and many other leading corporations.
Jason believes in experiencing his art subjects first hand. “Every time I work from life or from my own sketching and photo references I’m almost always more pleased with the results. When I experience the subject first hand it takes on more meaning and passion for me. There is a mystery in creation that has haunted me since my youth. My drive is to experience that mystery and do my best to express it in what I paint.”