An Artist's Journey Through the Heart of Greece
Jason is currently embarking on a large and exciting project traveling the length and breadth of Greece in a project entitled Origins - An Artist's Journey Through the Heart of Greece.
Jason has partnered with the Greek organisation AMALTHIA, which is a collective of breeders, academics and enthusiasts dedicated to the study and conservation of traditional Greek breeds of livestock, including some of the most ancient domesticated animals on earth.
Over the course of two years Jason will travel and produce copious field sketches of these animals, as well as depictions of island windmills and ancient olive presses, fish markets and tavernas, and portraits of the people - the custodians of this important Hellenic heritage.
From his sketches and photographs a series of paintings will be worked up for a major exhibition and book celebrating the rich historical, agricultural and culinary heritage of Greece.
Some of the animals to be studied and painted by Jason - in the environs in which they have been bred over the centuries, include;
A milking breed found throughout the Ionian Islands
Cretan Mountain Cattle
A critically rare beef breed, only 20-25 remaining.
Barely 200 of this ancient breed survive on this Aegean island, and in a few pockets of the mainland.
A traditional dog of the Greek mountains, bred for centuries by shepherds to guard their flocks,
Mastic of Chios
The island of Chios has for centuries been famed for the culinary and medicinal resin Mastic, produced nowhere else on earth.
The Mastic Growers Association of Chios will be hosting Jason on the island as he sketches and paints the trees and production methods, as well as the famed labyrinthine medieval Mastic villages.
East Aegean Shorthorn
Only recently rediscovered in small herds on the islands of Agathonisi and Lipsi.
One of the most distinctive Greek breeds, multi-coloured, and possessing dramatic spiralling horns