Jared Clackner was born in Ohio in 1961. He studied advertising arts at Spectrum Institute in New Jersey. After graduating, Jared worked in freelance illustration and graphic design for several years.
In 1990, Jared decided to pursue a career as a plein-air landscape artist. ("Plein-air" describes artists that paint outdoors on location.) Over the next five years, he studied privately with contemporary American landscape painters, Clyde Aspevig and Skip Whitcomb.
In 1994, Jared began teaching at the Ridgewood Art Institute and for the past four years he has also served as an assistant instructor at plein-air workshops taught by his teacher, Skip Whitcomb.
Jared is in pursuit of the perfect landscape. He is inspired by painting on location as a way to convey the peace and tranquillity of nature. Traveling to many different locations, Jared paints the subtle colors of light and shadow. He simplifies the subject to its most poetic form. The serene environments produced by Jared's thoughtful paint application and strong design invites the viewer to explore the world through his eyes.
Jared's paintings have been included in exhibitions all over the United States and he has had several one man shows. He maintains his studio in northern New Jersey where he lives with his wife and two young children.