Born on a rural Idaho ranch, J.R. Eason currently resides in Missoula, Montana in the summer, and Cave Creek, AZ, in the winter where she works in her home studio. "When I am sculpting, I am disconnected from everything and it is a delight. My figures and their individual expressions are brought ... moreBorn on a rural Idaho ranch, J.R. Eason currently resides in Missoula, Montana in the summer, and Cave Creek, AZ, in the winter where she works in her home studio. "When I am sculpting, I am disconnected from everything and it is a delight. My figures and their individual expressions are brought from my own mind."
Rodin once remarked, "Where did I learn to understand sculpture? Everywhere except in the schools." It is in this same self-taught spirit that the bronze sculptures of J.R. Eason come to life.
Eason's figures depict an undeniable sense of Humanity. "There was a time when I regretted not having a formal education. I now realize that has allowed me to develop my own style, and the work I enjoy creating today probably could not have evolved in any other way."
Her sculptures radiate with expressive gestures, contemplative faces, and pensive expressions depicting peaceful meditation. They exude a sense of understanding and knowledge, reborn in sculptural form with the wisdom and beauty that only "life" can bestow on an individual.
Ms. Eason creates what she knows best. As a woman she is familiar with and fascinated by the female form. This fascination radiates through the stylized curves of her female figures, and the strong gaits of her cowboy sculptures. Known for the "emotionally charged" faces within all her works, the grace of Eason's sculptures is unrivaled. She confers upon them the feeling, emotion, and experience of life.
Marrying immediately after completing high school, J.R. fulfilled one aspect of creativity in becoming a cosmetologist, again intrigued with the female countenance. It was during this period of time she studied painting with Sergie Bongart who still influences her sculpting. But J.R. was forced to put her artwork on hold for several years when she became a single mom to three children and had to work two jobs to support them.
When she came "home" to Montana in 1988, she seized the opportunity for artistic fulfillment, and began a passionate relationship with "clay", progressing through workshops with nationally credible teachers, and pouring over anatomy books. "I will continue to study and learn from the masters in my profession, while developing my own style and ideas."