With the wind of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant at his back, Jason Needham is ready to explore new frontiers | KC Studio

By Matthew Thompson on July 8, 2019

For Jason Needham, creating art nowadays is all about the journey. What began as a self-imposed challenge for the Kansas City artist during his time as a stay-at-home parent has become the mainstay of his creative output.

Needham’s early career focused on comic-style Pop Art paintings, a process he describes as “just having an idea and executing it. There were no real surprises.” Although this body of work became a popular component of his shows and exhibits, Needham cites the arrival of his daughter in 2011 as a turning point. It was then that he embarked on a quest to complete 10 plein air pieces inspired by his environment.