Jason Clay Lewis was born in Enid, Oklahoma surrounded by fast cars and open sky. In his formative years, drag racing and other high adrenaline pursuits were the family's first mode of entertainment. This fueled his interest in anything that went fast and pushed the limits.
With an intense passion for drawing and wanting to see the world, recognition at Oklahoma State University led to a scholarship and apprenticeship with Master Printer Bill Goldston at Universal Limited Art Editions in New York. On his very first day he met Jasper Johns who had come to work on a new print edition. While at U.L.A.E., he worked along side artists Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Jim Rosenquist, Carroll Dunham, Jane Hammond, Elizabeth Murray, Kiki Smith, and Terry Winters. This led to becoming Jasper Johns' personal studio assistant where he was immersed in the everyday activities of the studio as well as handling the daily life of the artist. This gave Lewis the extraordinary opportunity of meeting individuals such as Leo Castelli (art dealer), Michael Crighton (writer), John Cage (composer), and Merce Cunningham (choreographer). Through these interactions, Lewis gained an immense appreciation of the ethics, inner workings, and incredible dedication it takes to succeed in the art world. Continuing his education at The Cooper Union, Lewis graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.