Ryan's Plight

I am a studio artist, muralist and painting instructor local to Austin, Texas but find myself traveling constantly for the creation and engagement of art. I find that no matter what topics I venture to in my work, my foundation is always a posture of seeking to understand.  It is my hope that I may play a role, no matter how humble, in beginning a cultural shift in how we view ourselves and each other.  My work is where I feel the most free to be vulnerable and engage my own biases and insecurities and in doing so, I enable others to get a little vulnerable too.

 

Being born to Jamaican parents in a small town in Texas, I feel fortunate to have gotten to experience the confusion that is growing up as a biracial, first-generation American man. I was able to, in my youthful ignorance, test and blur lines that I didn't know existed.  My art is a tenuous and experimental engagement in blurring these lines on a public scale; allowing the loose expression of color to side step the mind's seeming need to categorize and understand in accordance to race, ethnicity, and stereotypes.  My goal is to give you a moment to point to your impression of this art and to ask, "In this, what is the intention of my heart" and maybe learn to love a little bit better.