Jason Eatherly is a full-time artist currently residing in Austin, Texas. Eatherly grew up in the middle of the map in Wichita, Kansas. At an early age, his biggest inspiration came from his mother, who always encouraged his creativity. When Jason turned 18, the motivation to get out of his small town led him to Dallas, Texas. With no money, but with the encouragement of a few good friends, he started painting anything and everything he could get his hands on.
After pushing hundreds of paintings through a local gallery, he felt the need to make a change. In 2011, Eatherly took it upon himself to create an image that would be easily recognized, but solely for the streets and the eyes of the community. His iconic “Queen Eli”, often referred to as “Queen with a Paint Mask”, “Queen with Gas Mask”, was born. During several visits in 2011-2012, Eatherly fell in love with Austin’s unique vibe and the city’s natural features. After officially making the move to Austin in late 2012, Eatherly made it his mission to get Queen Eli in the public eye as much as possible. The production of this now highly recognized image forced him to find new ways to replicate and distribute his imagery. Queen Eli has been on stickers, wheat paste posters, stencils, silk screen prints, and more. Continuously working with a singular repetitive image has challenged Eatherly to push himself to always continue evolving as an artist. Throughout the creative process, Queen Eli has remained a way for people to relate Eatherly’s two branches of work together; to tie the image you see in the streets to his larger body of fine art.