Jason Schoener was born in 1919 in Cleveland, Ohio. He studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Case Western Reserve University, the Art Students League of New York, and Columbia University. After serving in the Navy, at Eniwetok Atoll, during World War II, Schoener started his teaching career at the Jersey Preparatory School in Jersey City. He moved on to the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute where he taught sculpture, ceramics and crafts. In 1953 he began teaching at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland and continued as a teacher and administrator there for more than forty years. Schoener’s early paintings were narrative and featured the working men and women he encountered in his daily life. By mid-career, Jason was primarily painting abstract landscapes in brilliant and often surprising color.