September 2016: Inside Passage
There is a perception that settles into a person's development of their environment as they grow up. One that comforts, binds, or repels them from whence they came. Inside Passage is a collection of some personal icons in that psychology of place. The themes represented relate to either who I was or who I have become as a person and artist.
While a more or less realistic depiction of a place can convey these ideas, I try to imbue all the work subtly or overtly with some surreal qualities. So it's at least, just outside being simply representational.
Originally from Whidbey Island, Ryan now lives in northern California.