Born in 1972, it would take Jason Schaper thirty years to realize what he was meant to do with his life. In "Abstract Art" he found the perfect outlet for his creativity and independent spirit.
Life was more than a passive experience for Jason. He was always trying to see what kind of reaction he could get from others by testing the limits. As a teenager living in the San Fernando Valley during the "Birth of Hip-Hop", Jason began exploring his creative and rebellious side through the art of graffiti. At fifteen, his days as a "graffiti artist" were put to an abrupt halt with an arrest for "Defacing Private Property". He dropped out of high school at seventeen and with his GED pursued a wide variety of part-time jobs and small start-up businesses, with very little passion.
At 24 and still no real direction, Jason was given the opportunity to join the team at Monarch Interactive, a video game design firm in the San Fernando Valley. Self-taught as a graphic designer, it wasn't until Jason began his work at Monarch that he rediscovered his passion for art. Monarch went under, but now armed with the tools he gained from this experience, Jason was confident that he could make a living as a freelance graphic artist.
In 2000 he started Jason Schaper Creative Consulting, providing websites for clients such as The Comedy Store on Sunset Blvd in Hollywood, The California Endowment and the Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women. While this avenue opened up his creativity, it also became too confining and he needed a more open medium for expression.
In 2002, Jason was given a set of oil paints and some canvases that started him on his path as an artist. A self-taught painter, Jason produced his first commissioned piece of artwork just one year after taking up what he thought would only be a hobby. With the support of the two most important people in his life, his mom Gail and his longtime girlfriend Jennifer, he is now focused on getting back to his artistic roots and is painting full-time.
Jason now finds himself with a collection of more than 25 original pieces of artwork ready for display to the public. He hopes that his unguarded approach to painting inspires others to open their mind and view life from a different perspective.