Author Archives: Ryan

Portraits Gallery Updated

There’s more of these portraits than seems reasonable right now- piling up in racks, leaning against furniture, and rarely seeing the light of day. I’ve put a few more of them on display in the portraits gallery. Here’s a few … Continue reading

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We take up the task eternal, and the burden and the lesson.

This spring is about teaching. I’m currently teaching Art History I, II, III, and Contemporary Art and Design at The Art Institute of Seattle- devoting lots of time to writing lectures and course material. I’m also teaching Portrait Painting at … Continue reading

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Earth Day (one of 365, annually)

My friends at Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park have invited me to celebrate Earth Day with them. (They must know I’m pro-Earth.) For Seattle Art Museum’s Family Festival: Earth Day for Kids, I’ll be spending the day inside Mark … Continue reading

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Travels with Carlos

As spring creeps across the cold, muddy surface of America, three artists go forth to know this land better. (Also, we go to move a van-full of tools and instruments to New York) James Lobb, Carlos Esparza and I will … Continue reading

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Lullabies for Falling Empires

My dear friend Richard Webb has briefly returned to Seattle and will be playing a show this Sunday night, March 6th at Cafe Arabica. He’s gathered a small incarnation of his ensemble, Lullabies for Falling Empires for this one-night show. … Continue reading

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Louisiana Purchase Show

Next week, Louisiana Tech University’s juried biennial opens. I’m honored to be one of about 30 artists selected to be a part of this exhibition. I’ll have two portraits up. If you’re in the Deep South this spring, go see … Continue reading

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How Artists See

A friend recently asked me if, as a painter, I see differently. I stared at his face and thought about it… “Yes.” Since drawing and painting are about shifting perception, it makes sense that artists will literally look at the … Continue reading

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Finnerty, not really from Finland

I recently received one of my own postcards from a friend traveling in Finland. I like to think it traveled  part of the way by reindeer.

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