Never/Always, mixed media wall sculpture w/Neon, 49 x 23”, 2008

Elaine Jason

Artist Statement

A stain - like a drop of blood that spreads into the fabric of your soul - A parent / a spouse / a partner ... imprisons your mind (They) promise they will never hit you again
(They) always do


Elaine Jason has been a professional artist and art educator for over 40 years. Born in Los Angeles, she received her BFA from the Chouinard Art Institute (now California Institute of the Arts). She has lived in the Lake Tahoe area of Northern California since 1982.

Jason has had numerous solo exhibitions as well as inclusion in many juried competitions. Among her solo museum experiences was an exhibition titled “Light Waves/Night Raves” at the Museum of Neon Art in Los Angeles in 1997. The recipient of numerous awards and grants, Jason has also completed many commissions including wall sculptures for Lockheed Martin Corp., Kaiser Permanente Health care facility, the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, and Countrywide Funding Corporation in New York City among many others.

Jason began incorporating neon into her 3 dimensional artworks in the mid 80’s. She approaches her work like a puzzle which she solves as she creates. Her studio is crowded with power tools, boxes of woods and found objects, paints and works in progress. She is inspired by her personal experience of constant changes and a contemplative spiritual space where she constructs and layers diverse materials. The luminous element serves as the animating principal of the deconstructed forms.