Ryan is currently a student in his last year at California Lutheran University majoring in Art. Originally interested in pursuing graphic design, Ryan quickly re-discovered his passion for painting and illustration since the creative freedom and imaginative processes that are involved with both are more fun, challenging, and rewarding than the limitations of graphic design. From a young age his parents noticed an artistic talent, but he has never really had a lot of opportunity to learn and expand his artistic interests and experience until recently in his art classes at CLU. During his years at CLU, he has even had one of his paintings featured in a show and on display for a couple months at the Santa Paula Museum of Art, and is looking forward to his Senior Show in the school’s Roland Gallery in the Spring of 2017. Not only artistically skilled, Ryan is an outstanding academic student, being among the top 5 students in his class, he attributes his academic excellence to believing there’s always room for improvement and something new to always learn. Ryan would love one day to work for either Disney or Pixar as a Story Artist or Visual Development Artist, since he is inspired by the way they are effortlessly able to make an idea come to life by evoking emotions that transcend beyond their artwork and their stories. The only thing he is more passionate about than art is pizza, but always finds time for In-N-Out Mondays with his friend Tim as well as playing video games to wind down from a long day. He is extremely grateful for having met Crystal and being given the opportunity to illustrate her book, Pony the Snail. Ryan is excited to be able to share his visualization of this amazing and fun-filled story with all of you, and he hopes that you all enjoy it as much as he has.
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