Original Artworks in Oil

Biography and CV

Artist Statement

I only recently admitted that I am truly an artist.   I’ve been measuring what I thought constituted a professional artist for years, denying it at different levels due to this reason or the next.    It’s literally taken me over twenty years to figure out I am not just someone who paints.  An artist needs to express themselves yes, but even more so, to get things out into the world; to evoke reactions and bring enlightenment.  It’s not an option, it’s a must.

I think the highlight of being an artist is where the art can take the artist.  Being interested in the natural world, art has been the reason for my extraordinary journey to both Nepal and  Italy.  Art can forge new friendships and open doors that I might not ever have otherwise thought possible.  And now I create art with ideas that may sound unobtainable, but I know now what art can achieve.

With this in mind, I push forward in a relentless pursuit to obtain a level of creation that I hope will provide the world with something unique.  It is every artist’s struggle.  An idea can come with ease or difficulty.  The implementing of an idea can be almost insurmountable.  But if an artist doesn’t challenge themselves, the world’s most precious creations would never have been made for us to see.


From deserts to jungles, Jason has studied wildlife and landscapes in many different parts of the world.  In 2012, Jason was invited to participate as an artist; on a trek to one of the most isolated villages in the Himalayas of Nepal.  Funded by investors, the demand for his work has kept him solely on commissions for two years.  Although he has historically focused on the natural world, his subject matter has become increasingly diverse, with many future projects planned that will be quite unlike his former body of work.  Investor funding has once again provide the opportunity for Jason to delve into the heart of the Renaissance – Italy – in April of 2015.

Jason has not put a lot of focus on competition, but has inadvertently been awarded the 2007 Gallery Choice Award at the Calgary Stampede.  In 2010, he became a member of Artist’s for Conservation, and was immediately selected by jury to have his work represent the organization on the cover of the annual show companion book.  2018 has brought an unexpected recognition for a painting that almost never happened.  “The Watchman” – a painting of a Himalayan griffon vulture – was started six years prior, but was shelved for a number of reasons.  After five years of being tucked in the back of a closet, it was completed for the 2018 Artists for Conservation exhibition.  The painting was juried for three awards.

Jason Kamin is a painter currently residing in Calgary, Alberta Canada.  Born in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia in 1974, there was no shortage of nature to inspire him to become the artist he is today.  Self-taught, Jason has chosen to work primarily in the medium of oil.  His time is very limited however, and he usually only paints around five paintings a year.

Jason’s artwork is represented in both private and corporate collections.

Curriculum Vitae

Education: Self-study

Website Presence: 

Awards and Honors (Juried)

  • 2018 – Best of Show: Artists for Conservation Exhibition: Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 2018 – Medal of Excellence: Artists for Conservation Exhibition: Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 2018 – Environmental Statement Award: Artists for Conservation Exhibition: Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 2012 – Alberta Species at Risk conservation beer label image “Enduring Hardship” (woodland caribou)
  • 2010 – Cover image of Artist’s for Conservation – “The Art of Conservation” – show companion book
  • 2007 – Western Art Gallery – Gallery’s Choice Award, Calgary Stampede, Calgary, Alberta Canada.


  • 2014 – Picoides (Bullitin of the Society of Canadian Ornithologists) Volume 27 (1) – The art of Bird Art
  • 2010-2013 – The Art of Conservation International Exhibit of Nature in Art show companion book.
  • 2011, 2012 – The Pipeline Magazine – Golder Associates internal corporate quarterly magazine


  • 2017 – cSpace Projects, two-week solo exhibition, Calgary.
  • 2017 – FosterMak group exhibition, 9th Avenue, Calgary.
  • 2016 – Group exhibition, Symons Valley Ranch, Calgary
  • 2016 – June – Fashion Forward, Calgary
  • 2013 – Beyond the Gates of Phu – Nepal Trek themed exhibition – Golder Associates Ltd., Calgary
  • 2010-2012 – Artist’s for Conservation Festival – Vancouver British Columbia, Canada.
  • 2011 – Altitude Art Gallery.  Okotoks, Alberta Canada.
  • 2007 – Juried Western Art Gallery – Calgary Stampede, Calgary, Alberta Canada.


  • 2010 to date – Artists for Conservation Foundation

Gallery Affiliations

  • 2011-2012 – Altitude Art Gallery Okotoks, Alberta Canada.


  • Calgary, Alberta Canada – Golder Associates Ltd. corporate collection
  • Calgary, Alberta Canada – Stepper Custom Homes

Grants and Artist Residencies

  • 2015 – La Macina di San Cresci artist residency, Greve, Italy
  • 2012 – Golder Associates Ltd. Community Fund grant
  • 2010 – SKB (Susan K. Black) workshop scholarship, Dubois, Wyoming.


  • 2015 – Santa Maria del Fiore – Client Donation for IAIA Conference, Florence Italy 2015.
  • 2012 –“Enduring Harship” Alberta Species at Risk beer label image for conservation.
  • 2010 – “Hotel Meade” prints – 65% profit to the Bannack Association, Montana, USA.
  • 2008 – “Western Meadowlark” – Okanagan Meadowlark Festival, Penticton, BC.
  • 1998 – “Wolf Creek Cabin” – Ducks Unlimited Canada donation for art auction.


  • Italy Series (set of 9 original works – various sizes) – 2015/2016
  • Canada Geese – 15 ft x 4 ft – 2015
  • Nepal Series (set of 16 original works – various sizes) – 2013
  • Verdant Creek – 30 in by 48 in – 2013
  • City of Calgary – 24 in x 60 in – 2013
  • Bonilla Point – 12 in x 24 in – 2012

3 responses

  1. Hey are you – Jason Kamin from Eastview Secondary School????? !!!!

    July 27, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    • The one and only! I’ve been practicing since high school art classes. I remember you as well Russ. Into the music scene as I recall.

      July 28, 2013 at 1:03 am

  2. Hello- I am Martina Anandam, a langur conservationist (I love all primates but langurs are my bffs) working in Chamba in Indian Himalayas. My team and I have established our base camp in the region and working to bring in active conservation. As of now I am working on langur taxonomy and looking for any one who could contribute such pictures. I see you have this beautiful painting of a grey langur(absolutely adore). Would you have any pictures of the primate you could share with me for my research-assure you would be duly credited and acknowledged. Let me know. You can email me at martina@zooreach.org or mvanandam@gmail.com!

    January 6, 2014 at 10:52 am

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