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The Craft Behind the Art

"In the spirit of good craftsmanship, what goes into a painting and how it is constructed should be just as important as the painting itself."

The process of creating a piece of art starts long before commencing the painting. There is intimacy and satisfaction in the ritual of preparing your own work surfaces, whether canvas, paper, or panel.

I follow methods informed by study of the Old Masters as well as well as contemporary research into the most stable and durable methods of construction. Preparing surfaces according to sound principles ensures their durability for centuries.

Panels are measured, cut and sanded, sized with archival glue, coated several times with a homemade traditional gesso, and re-sanded for a fine, smooth surface.



Canvas must be trimmed, stretched taut on hand-assembled wooden stretchers, and have an oil ground applied.

Paper is sized with glue and can also be gessoed for a robust and versatile drawing or painting surface. A recent favorite of mine is mounting prepare paper or linen to a panel.

"The possibilities are wide open once one gains a familiarity with the craft."


Since 2010 I have apprenticed with a number of professional artists that know how to create great drawings and paintings that will last. In particular, my ongoing work in the studio of the landscape painter John Mac Kah has solidifed my understanding of the craft elements of oil painting.

Apprenticing in John's studio, I have been shown the value of small batch, homemade surfaces over those produced in mass, far away.


In the same line, the paints I use are of the absolute highest quality, providing a rich, stable coloring. Many colors on my palette are ground locally at Blue Ridge Oil Colors in Asheville, NC.


The same consideration is also given to framing. I am a scrupluous framer, choosing each design uniquely for its artwork.


Upon obtaining the frame, I will often paint or stain the back for clean appearance, wax the entire surface for sheen and protection, clean the glass (if framing a drawing) with a microfiber cloth, and carefully hand-assemble it with the art.


I frame drawings using museum conservation techniques for works on paper, involing hinging the art to the mat board with rice starch glue and feathered japanese paper. Everything is acid-free and archival, assuring it will endure for generations. 

Feel free to browse the selection of premium original drawings and paintings. You'll receive a piece of art that you know will last for generations.

Selected images provided on this page are courtesy of Michael Milano, a good friend and an outstanding photographer/filmmaker. 

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Jason Rafferty is proud to work in partnership with local businesses in the Asheville, NC area to provide his premium fine art products. Our Fine Art Print Reproductions are produced with Henco Reprographics and Double Exposure Fine Art Printmaking Studio on premium quality archival Epson surfaces. We also offer affordably-priced Epson Poster Paper and Glossy Card Stock prints, which provide a richly colored reproduction that is poster display quality. For more information, visit

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