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Meet Jason Lockyer of jlockyerstudio

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jason Lockyer.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Growing up in Philadelphia, my dad was an artist and biologist, who loved to share his passion and knowledge of nature with me. We spent many weekends hiking and exploring arboretums. From an early age, I found myself drawn to the elements of the natural world that surround us every day, but are often overlooked. I would walk around our neighborhood and search for bugs, plants, birds and animals until the sun went down.

On the east coast, there were insects and plants everywhere. I was fascinated by; how many bugs there are, how long they’ve been on this earth before even humans existed, and how much they look like little aliens, up close. Now, whether the focus or a hidden element, bugs are a pervasive theme in a majority of the art I create.

For college, I went to art school (Tyler School of Art at Temple). While I was there, we took many trips to natural history museums in Philadelphia, one such museum was the Wagner Free Institute of Science. I couldn’t stop staring at the rudimentary taxidermy I found. I continued to travel to different natural history museums around the country, drawing dead animals with exaggerated characteristics, until I had a book of them. My book, “Drawings of Dead Stuff from Museums” is now, rather appropriately, in the gift shop at the Wagner.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
One of the challenges for me as an artist is trying to infuse a playfulness, curiosity and humor into the work I create.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the jlockyerstudio story. Tell us more about the business.
I create art in different mediums; from art installations to paintings and drawings.

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