“The paintings in Inside/Outside were all produced during the last year. I worked almost exclusively from photos for the portraits and landscape paintings. They say the best camera is the one you have with you, and in today’s world we have all become proficient photographers. I’m not talking about the art of photography, but rather the way in which most of us take photos. We meet up with friends, go on vacation, see a beautiful sunset and click, click, click. The image gets posted on social media, we wait for likes, and then repeat the process. Do you have any idea how many photos are expected to be taken this year? The number is astounding; over 1.4 trillion! I for one have over ten thousand photos on my phone currently, and that number continues to rise. Another interesting idea is the theory that the more photos you take of a moment, the less you remember about the moment. These are the things I thought about when making this series of work.
The title of Inside/Outside reflects so much more than just the obvious nature of being outside or inside. It was impossible for me to sit with these memories and feelings I had inside, and then to bring them out on the canvas without having a deep and memorable connection to the moment. I want to take you inside the moment my kids were at home learning remotely, I want you to feel the love I have for painting rocks, and I want to take you outside to be surrounded by the branches of a great tree.” – Jay Crider
The media in Jay’s World, he approaches painting with an open mind and ever-increasing interest in a variety of subject matter, bright colors, and often, a hint of dark humor.
“I can remember the exact moment as a five-year old kid in kindergarten when I knew I was going to be an artist. Since then I have been following that creative path consistently and meticulously to live my life-long dream. My first show was in 2000 at the Staggering Ox and from which I was able to kick off my career, giving me the confidence to display my work. I have shown in numerous galleries over the years. In 2019 I was awarded the Best Artist by the Helena Independent Record in their People of the Year annual survey. I have never grown tired of painting and continue to find new challenges in my quest to improve.”