"I'm intrigued with transportation in our daily lives--and tend to create my landscapes from the vantage point of the car, train, or plane. Whether commuting back and forth to work or heading to the mall, we tend to view the landscape from afar... I favor abstracting these compositions to their essence."
Jason Watts' paintings could only have evolved out of an intimate love and understanding of Americana. His work portrays the daily life and social structures of contemporary culture focusing on the American experience. In both his work and in that of the artists who have influenced him, Watts is able to relate on canvas the time and place where he planted his feet. Though the paintings have universal relevance, his choice to focus on the Midwestern American city has given his work a narrative, story-like presence.
Primarily working in oil and egg tempera, his process incorporates many thin glazes of transparent color to arrive at the saturation that give his pieces a certain dramatic depth and surface quality. Says Watts, "My work is more about a memory or notion of the place than a literal realization of it. This way, I can exaggerate the perspective and think of it as patterning, composition, and color schemes to pull in the viewer."
Watts has shown his work in galleries in Chicago, Washington DC, Baltimore, New York, and Delaware. He has received national recognition and awards and has been reviewed in The Washington Post, ArtisSpectrum Magazine, and The Artful Home. His work is in many private and corporate collections, including Northwest Airlines and Reynolds and Reynolds.