Jason Robert Snyder grew up on a small farm in Pennsylvania. He studied engineering in college and discovered painting as an escape from the rigors of mathematics. He carried this into the professional world for a few years, upon which he decided he would rather not have to escape his life to get through it. So he decided to pursue art professionally instead. In the years since he has developed his unique style and interpretation of reality to what it is today. After years in the Washington D.C. area, Jason now resides in sunny Miami, Florida with his wife, Laura, and dog, Leia. His latest print “Let’s Get To Work” is available for one week starting January 24th – January 31st on 1xRUN.com.
1xRUN: What materials was this originally created with?
Jason Snyder: The original is oil painted on wood. I framed the piece as well.
1xRUN: Is the original still for sale?
Jason Snyder: The original just sold, although I have not received a check yet.
1xRUN: When was “Let’s Get To Work” originally drawn/created?
Jason Snyder: 2011
1xRUN: Tell us how the idea and execution came about?
Jason Snyder: The piece is a statement about politics and healthcare. The girl sort of represents the government and politicians and special interests that fund political campaigns and how they ultimately control our health.
1xRUN: How long did it take?
Jason Snyder: The piece was painted in approximately a month. Probably about 30 hours of painting.
1xRUN: What else is unique about “Let’s Get To Work”?
Jason Snyder: The painting takes a lot of elements of different pieces that I have been working on and combines them into one cohesive piece.
1xRUN: Why should people buy this piece?
Jason Snyder: Hopefully because it says something to them.
1xRUN: Describe the “Let’s Get To Work” in one gut reaction word.
Jason Snyder: Guts…no, just kidding. Maybe disturbing?
Jason Snyder @ His Miami Studio Space
1xRUN: When did you first start making art?
Jason Snyder: When I was a kid I used to make up these little characters and give each one a funny name.
1xRUN: What was your first piece?
Jason Snyder: I don’t remember. I can remember one of the first pieces I did when I started to take painting seriously. It was a portrait of Vladimir Putin that I did about 10 years ago.
1xRUN: What artists inspired you early on?
Jason Snyder: Early on, I really enjoyed impressionists like Van Gogh, as well as watching Bob Ross on TV. I love Bob Ross. I don’t care for the art much, but I love watching him work. Later on, I got interested in more refined work like John Singer Sargent and renaissance painters.
1xRUN: What artists inspire you now?
Jason Snyder: I am always inspired by artists that take the technical expertise of old masters and put it in a contemporary context in a way that I wouldn’t have thought about. There are so many sources of inspiration out there today, I don’t really want to name specific names because it would be a long list and I wouldn’t want to leave anyone out.
1xRUN: Do you listen to music while you work? If so what? If not then what is your environment like when you work?
Jason Snyder: I listen to all kinds of music when I work, depending on my mood and the mood of the piece. Typically, a lot of early rock/country/R&B/surf, metal, indie…anything cool really that uses instruments.
I also watch a lot of documentaries while I work. They usually get my creative juices flowing.
1xRUN: If you could collaborate with any living artist who would it be and why?
Jason Snyder: I don’t really work well with others.
1xRUN: If you could collaborate with any deceased artists who would it be and why?
Jason Snyder: I wouldn’t want to collaborate and mess with what he’s doing, but I guess I would just like to sit and observe some old master working.
1xRUN: What was the first piece of art that you bought? Do you still have it?
Jason Snyder: I really don’t remember.
1xRUN: What was the last piece of art that you bought?
Jason Snyder: It’s been a while. I’m a working artist, I can’t afford art!
1xRUN: What else do you have currently in the works?
Jason Snyder: I am working out the details for a show with the Harold Golen Gallery here in Miami this year. I also have a group show with the Alternative Cafe in Surfside, Ca, among other various group shows.
See Let’s Get To Work on 1xRUN for One Week Starting Jan. 24th
You can see Jason’s website here.
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