Jason Rich

Jason Rich grew up riding, training, and drawing horses on a small farm in southern Idaho, where he cultivated a love of art and Western life. This foundation led him to study art at Utah State University. After receiving his BA and MFA degrees there, he dedicated himself to pursuing art full time and quickly established himself in the art market.

For more than two decades, Rich has enjoyed success and recognition in prestigious organizations, shows, events, and elite publications. He served as president of Cowboy Artists of America in 2018–19, and at their annual shows won the Stetson Award for Best Overall Exhibition in 2015, the Silver Medal in Oil Painting in 2013 and 2012, and the TCAA Award for Best Portrayal of a Cowboy Subject in 2012. The Academy of Western Artists named Rich Western Artist of the Year in 2014, and he was chosen as the poster artist for the Jackson Hole Arts Festival in 2013. In 2008, Rich received the Spirit of the West Award at Masters of the American West, and in 2007 he was the featured cowboy artist for the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s National Day of the American Cowboy event, celebrating the 100th birthday of John Wayne.

His art has been featured in Art of the West, Cowboys & Indians, Southwest Art, and Western Art Collector, and on the covers of Western Horseman and Rocky Mountain Rider.

To get inspiration and reference for his work, Rich hikes and bikes through various landscapes and rides horseback alongside cowboys working the corrals or packing through the mountains. He then combines experience, imagination, and research to depict the authenticity of Western life.

Living in the mountains of northern Utah with his wife and children, Rich feels he is living his dream: “I live in a place I love, with people I love, doing what I love. What could be better than that?”

Jason Rich is represented by Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona.