Jason Wright, Orange Park Member Since October 2008 Artist Statement As far back as I can remember I have had a passion for art. As a child, I would sketch characters from comic books, movies, cartoons, and cereal boxes . . . anything that captured my attention. Later, hanging out with a like-minded artistic group at Joel Land’s house, I began translating my sketches to paintings using acrylics. My first attempt was a horribly freakish-looking potato with a monocle and mustache, wearing tin foil pants. His name was Harvey, the Fantasmalastic Motivational Baked Potato and he had a cut in the center of his spud-stomach filled with a square pat of butter. A fascinating concept perhaps, but a disappointing piece of artwork! Exposure to two great sources of inspiration became key elements to my artistic development. First, the creativity and encouragement of Brenda Kato and her extensive group of artist friends helped me to release literally thousands of ideas from my mind into the real world of art on canvas and other media. This free-form flood of self-expression grew into my own flow of creativity. Second, exploring art shows was a great venue for exposure to innovative work of many other artists, particularly the works of Pat Lally, Ronnie Land, Jimmy Pines, and my friend Bryan Register. These artists’ shows not only inspired me to develop my own shows, but, also, discovering each artist’s distinct style, inspired me to begin the journey to identify and develop my own unique style. The journey to finding my style has been an exciting learning experience, each phase honing my skills and further developing my artistic talent and style. It started with golden-era type cartoons. Next, I dived deep into a LOT of spaghetti western pop art type paintings on wood panels: Lee van Cleef, Clint Eastwood, Charles Bronson, etc. Then I moved on to a series of highly detailed works: cartoonish, yet realistic tattooed women; self-portrait cartoons with utters coming out of my belly; lobster knuckles; hobos coming through the rye while being pelted in the head with Faberge eggs; and others. By this point, my style had developed to a level that people began to recognize these elements as my work. I believe that the past few years living in Orange Park, with my wife, Erica, and son, Timmy, in a more serene, focused setting, has allowed me to refine my art closer to the vision I have always imagined.