Jason Mayr grew up in the suburbs of Dallas, Texas where he was a very intense student in school. At the age of fourteen he developed a deep interest in eastern philosophies. After high school he pursued his study of eastern philosophies in communes and monasteries as well as studying western philosophy at the University of Texas at Arlington.
While in college he had the opportunity to view the Barnes collection of impressionistic paintings at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth. It was there that his interest in art began in earnest. He was awe inspired by the way that the artists were able to create a scene and a mood simply with the juxtaposition of paint.
Shortly thereafter Jason moved to Los Angeles, California where he began to study at the Art Center College of Design and Associates in Art. Followed by 6 years of studying with Joseph Mendez. After almost two decades of painting in an impressionistic style Jason pivoted to a chiaroscuro (Light/Shadow) style.
Currently, Jason resides in San Luis Obispo, California with his wife Cindy, their daughter Isabella and their dog Millie, where his time is divided between painting and teaching painting. For 4 years straight (2003-2006) he was voted one of the Best Local Artists, quickly establishing his reputation in San Luis Obispo County.