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Lion King

Lion King – – Original for Sale – Prints Available

$2,240.00
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Christmas Holiday

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I love the holidays, and the seasons. This still life of Christmas season. Tea sets represent getting together and celebrating with people you care about. I chose this image because there it gave me the opportunity to play with color, and shadow. Enjoy. – Donald Ryker

Acrylic on Canvas

24 x 36 x 1.75″

$2,700.00
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Golf Course

Golf Course - Original Art for Sale 24x24x1.75 Acrylic on Canvas

This scenic golf course wall art has beautiful views and is surrounded by towering trees casting their shadows. You can imagine looking down the fairway as you are golfing. I think one of the reasons people golf is to spend time in this kind of peaceful setting. I like the green of golf courses and the reminder of happy days that this image evokes. I have painted this scene in greens, blues, and corals, and layered many layers of glaze to create the vibrancy and depth that you see.

Description: A view down the golf course fairway surrounded by trees, looking towards spanish style architecture and a blue sky.

24x24x1.75

Acrylic on Canvas

$1,800.00
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Hello

Hello – Original for Sale – Prints Available36.000 x 24.000 x 1.750

$2,700.00
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Tricycle

I love all my nieces and nephews. They are always moving and curious and they make me laugh. I am in their lives from the time they are born so it is normal to them to have an uncle who is in a power chair with a service dog. I like being Uncle Don.

This painting reminds me of how fun a bicycle can be. I had a tricycle when I was little. I couldn’t zoom around as much as the other kids but I could be a part of the fun and that is the most important thing.

Acrylic on Canvas

18 x 24 x 1.5″

$1,350.00
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Kissing Dog

Kissing Dogs – Original for Sale – Prints available

 

These are Service Dogs with Canine Companions for Independence, but they could be any laborador retrieves. This breed is so social and friendly. This young puppy is looking at a mature service dog and seeing what he will become one day. I have had both the yellow and black dogs. Labs are a big part of my life!

Acrylic on Canvas

46 x 19 x 2″

 

$2,800.00
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Lady

Lady- Original for Sale – Prints Available

30.000 x 30.000 x 1.750

$2,800.00
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White Beauty

White Beauty- Original for Sale – Prints Available

Dimensions

24.000 x 24.000 x 1.750

$1,800.00
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Best Friend

Best Friends – Original for Sale – Prints Available

24.000 x 24.000 x 1.750 inches

$1,800.00
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Swordfish

Swordfish – – Original for Sale – Prints Available

30.000 x 30.000 x 1.500 inches

$2,800.00
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Darth Falcon Hawk

DarthFalcon – Original for Sale – Prints Available

This Falcon is fierce. He is in the fog searching for his prey. I used layers of adobe brick and orange pigment, and red glaze to paint his form and feathers, and used a grey glaze against a dark background to create the fog. I really like the texture of his feathers and the translucence of the fog all around him. This painting is bold and direct. It has strength and complexity.

30.000 x 30.000 x 1.750

$2,800.00
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Hunting Dog

Hunting Dog

30.000 x 30.000 x 1.750

$2,800.00
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Predator

Predator – – Original for Sale – Prints Available

36.000 x 36.000 x 1.750 inches

$4,000.00
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Happy Parrot

Acrylic on Canvas

24 x 24 x 1.5 inches

Primary colors are so cheerful and this colorful parrot is a happy guy who will remind you of happy times in your life. He looks like he is smiling and has a twinkle in his eye. If you speak to him I think he is ready to reply. He is probably as noisy as he is colorful. Can you hear his voice and the sounds of the jungle? I painted him in blue and yellow with glazes in red and yellow and a purple beak. The back ground is green with purple glaze. Notice the texture in his shoulder feathers and the wrinkles of fragile skill under his eye. —Donald Ryker

$1,800.00
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Lab Puppy

Acrylic on Canvas

24 x 24 x 1.5 inches

$1,800.00
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Shy Parrot

I have seen parrots in the suburbs that have gotten loose and are living wild. They form a group that spends all their time together flying and talking to each other. I think it’s interesting that this parrot is such bright colors but the turn of his head, and the look in his eye give me the feeling of shyness. I imagine he is looking around for his flock.

Acrylic on Canvas

24 x 24x 1.5in.

$1,800.00
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Waves

Waves

I became interested in the power of nature when I was in college taking science classes. I completed Meteorology and Environmental Science in the same year. Both classes taught me about the natural and weather events that impact our world. There is no stopping weather or water.

The waves in this artwork could be seen at our shore every day, or could represent a bigger event forming.

I composed the surge of the central wave erupting into the air using neutral paint at the core to show how sand and sediment is being pulled up by the forces of water. The airborne wave fractures into sprays of foam and mist. I layered white and colored glaze with sponges to create the feeling of lightness and the sparkle of the sun reflecting on the water.

Acrylic on Canvas
24 x 24 x 1.5 inches

$1,800.00
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Harley

Harley – Original for Sale

My family rides Harley-Davidsons. My Uncle and now my Aunts run an HD shop in Oregon. My Dad has had a motorcycle since before I was born and my older sister had fun riding around the block on the back. When I came along he tried to strap me on but decided that a side car would be better. It was a good excuse to order a brand new motorcycle and matching side car!

I decided to challenge myself to paint something man-made. Man made subjects have straight lines and corners and symmetry. Natural subjects have biomorphic shapes and are forgiving of my free form brush strokes. My first choice for a man made subject was a motorcycle.

I used a photo and sketched in charcoal then painted freehand. I chose to graduate the color from blue to purple to show the shapes and curves reflecting light. I used a stencil made from painters tape to paint the highlights. Yellow was a natural choice for the background to make the motorcycle pop and because I am all about color.

This is the first painting to have my new logo – the hardhat – in the lower right corner.

Acrylic on Canvas

24 x 24 x 1.5 inches

$1,800.00
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Toucan

This Toucan is perched on a mossy branch with water flowing beneath him. I love the colors. Blue feet! And the black body has tones of red coming through. It was very fun to paint this cheerful bird. I used purple glaze over a green background to create the flowing water. The Toucan himself is red and yellow. I followed up the red with a few coats of purple glaze. The branch was done with purple background, sponged moss and a small brush to make the bromeliad. What a rich environment for color exists in the tropics.

Acrylic on Canvas

24 x 24 x1.5 inches

$1,800.00
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Tropical Parrot in blues and yellows in an expressionist style - artist Donald Ryker - hard hat painter
Sentinel

Tropical Parrot in blues and yellows in an expressionist style - artist Donald Ryker - hard hat painterSentinel 24×24 inches – original for saleYou had better watch your step! The Sentinel is watching every move you make. Nothing is going to get by him. He has a stern, watchful, guardian personality like a soldier patrolling the perimeter. He is painted in vivid contrasting colors of yellow and blue and sits on a large branch created in colors of brown with orange, blue and purple glaze. This branch grounds the bottom of the painting and brings some of the jungle into the foreground with the Sentinel. In the background the jungle is wood and greens and shadows. Look deep into the jungle and see trees, flowers, and foliage. —Donald Ryker

Acrylic on Canvas24 x 24 x 1.5 inch

 

 

$1,800.00
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Watching

This red parrot is looking over his shoulder at another bird. You can see he is alert but not concerned. Maybe he is welcoming his friend to join him. I painted him in shades of red with glazes in purple, blue, red, yellow and coral. The background is green with a pthalo blue glaze. –Donald Ryker

Acrylic on Canvas

24 x 24 x 1.75 inches

$1,800.00
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Hidden in Shadows

This blue parrot perches hidden in the branches. He has a perfect view of the bright day while feeling safe and secure. I painted him using layers of blue, purple, and green, plus shades of red, coral, and purple. The background is a vivid lime green washed with a blue glaze. Sometimes it’s really nice to be the observer. Stepping back out of sight can give you the chance to watch and enjoy the view. —Donald Ryker

Acrylic on Canvas

24 x 24 x 1.75 inches

$1,800.00
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Dawn

Dawn – Original for Sale

This image is of that moment in time when the light is starting to pierce the dark. The sun is rising, but the clouds are still hovering over the scene. You see shafts of light and the glow of light reflected on the clouds but the viewer is looking toward the light from darkness.
When I was 11 years old I had been taking a lot of medications and my body started to shut down. I wasn’t able to stay in school, my brain was fuzzy, and I had no energy. Most of my time was spent lying on the couch. The first ray of light came when I got my first service dog. Having her beside me made a huge difference. Over the next 3 years I knew I was getting better but I was in the dark looking towards the light for a very long time.

Acrylic on Canvas

36 x 36 x 1.75

$4,000.00
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Twilight

Twilight – – Original for Sale 

Acrylic on Canvas

36 x 36 x 1.75

$4,000.00
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Airborne

Airborne – – Original for Sale – 

Acrylic on Canvas

36 x 36 x 1.75

$4,000.00
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King Of Hearts

 

King of Hearts – – Original for Sale

King of Hearts shows the proud bearing and beautiful form of the male lion at rest in nature. As part of my Lion Series this work has the color, connection, and vitality of animals in the wild. Touching an animal is a luxurious tactile experience. Most people don’t get to touch a lion. In painting the mane I wanted to evoke the sensation I used to get running my fingers through my collies thick ruff. I created this feeling with the textured paint and rainbow of glazes.
I chose the title because I have used King of Hearts as my avatar online. It is also a character in anime. As a person in a wheelchair many people might view me as powerless. I never have felt that way and choose to identify with images that reflect the strength, individuality, and confidence that I truly feel. This painting conveys so many connections for me and it has the majesty, power and presence that people have attributed to the other paintings in my Lion series.

Acrylic on Canvas

40 x 40 x 1.75

$4,800.00
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Tortoise

Tortoise – – Original for Sale

This tortoise reminds me of my grandfather’s pet tortoise “Beauregarde”. He lived in their backyard during warm weather and hibernated in a box in the garage during the winter. This fellow in my artwork is in his natural environment in the desert sand. When I painted this piece I was working to create a an representation for each of the biomes in the world and he is a good example of an animal living in a desert biome. I chose this image because of the shadow and light and the opportunity to explore the warm colors and geometric shapes on his shell. I started with neutral oranges and added reds and pinks to give him form. This was my second time using a sponge to create the native grasses. The color palette and grounded tortoise image give me a feeling of calm and peace. —Donald Ryker

 24 x 24 x 1.75″
$1,800.00
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Mountain Bobcat

Mountain Bobcat – Original for SaleMountain Bobcat – Original for Sale

I had a cat and she climbed effortlessly. I like watching her flexibility and strength. This image shows the long curvy spine and relaxed easing sitting all cats have.

This bobcat is looking out over the valley. The challenge was to show him clearly in the foreground and to paint the granite cliffs in the distance.

I chose tints of saturated blue to reflect how peacefully he is resting. Purple and blue glaze enhanced shadows, and a very pale blue tint shows the highlight where the sun is landing on him. The granite rocks near the bobcat were done in purples and blues with orange and red sponging, and purple and blue glaze for texture, shadow and highlight. I neutralized the distant canyon wall by adding some yellow and green then brushing and sponging many layers of glaze. —Donald Ryker

 24 x 24 x 1.75″
$1,800.00
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Eagle

Eagle – – Original for Sale – Prints Available

This Eagle standing in shallow water looks fascinated by his own image. The photo made me laugh and I wanted the challenge of being accurate enough with my brush strokes to create a reflection. What does his expression say to you?

I chose to paint him in tints of cool red, which with the water and his white head and tail creates a red white and blue theme. I thought that was appropriate for our national bird.

Purple glaze creates shadows on him, and I subtly altered the color and glaze for his image that is reflected on the water. To create the water, the dark hunter green background has a aquamarine glaze and pthalo blue highlights. 

I like how light hearted and humorous this piece is. —Donald Ryker

 

24 x 24 x 1.75″

$1,800.00
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Buffalo

Buffalo – – Original for Sale –

There is some kind of dichotomy between the sense of massiveness and power in these huge horned herbivores, and the peaceful presence they have. For me, green is a color between the boldness and fire of reds and oranges, and the deep colors of blue and purple. I can see why it is used to represent nature, and the environment and have used it to show the peace and earthiness of these animals. It is my challenge to try to use minimal layers in these pieces to combine with the tints of green color and give the viewer these feelings. —Donald Ryker

Acrylic on Canvas

24 x 24 x 1.75″

$1,800.00
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Arctic Wolf

Arctic Wolf – – Original for Sale –

The arctic tundra biome is dry and barren because of the low precipitation at that altitude. It was a challenge to paint that cold dry environment the wolf is resting on. There are stubby grasses and low blooming tiny flowers but also lots of stone and gravel. I painted this white wolf in yellows reminiscent of Franz Marc’s Yellow Dog painting. The light shines from the left and he casts a deep purple shadow on the ground. This high level predator can rest easy because there are very few threats to his safety in his world. —Donald Ryker

Acrylic on Canvas

24 x 24 x 1.75″

$1,800.00
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Alaskan Bear

Alaskan Bear – – Original for Sale –

This bear in my wildlife series is inspired by a photo image on the shoreline in Alaska with evergreens in the background. I chose to focus on the bear’s head and shoulders to capture his presence in a close-up but still show the power and readiness to go into action. These bears are typically brown but to explore the feeling that comes with color I used saturated tints of orange to create his form and show shadow and light. I glazed in purple, blue, and cool green to emphasize shadow and shape. The fur effect was created using a homemade rake (many small brushes attached together) for the first time. I glazed over the entire bear in a thin layer of orange to blend all the elements. The background was saturated dark green sponged with a light green and glazed with red. —Donald Ryker

 

Acrylic on Canvas

24 x 24 x 1.75″

$1,800.00
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Lion Family

 

LION FAMILY

I look for a subject that will draw the audience to connect with my work. In this piece you see the moment in time a father and his cubs pause when an observer catches their attention. Do you feel the peace and calm in this image? Notice how relaxed they continue to be. The father is even resting his chin on top of his cub’s head. Do you feel the connection between the dad and his cubs?

In planning this painting I wanted to create a work on multiple canvases because the larger scale would allow me to show the relationship between a father and his offspring. This image has light and shadow and I could have fun with color. I began by blocking in the color with underpainting, then glazed with layers of translucent color to create the luminous quality. Look closely at the mane. I layered green, blue, red, orange, and purple glazes to create a lot of texture and depth.

Lions are one of my favorite subjects because of their presence and fearlessness. I am able to create a strong image that makes a statement. —Donald Ryker

Acrylic on Canvas

72 x 48 x 1.75″

$10,800.00
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Rottweiler Puppy

Rottweiler Puppy – Original For Sall

—Donald Ryker

Acrylic on Canvas

18 x 24 x 1.75″

$1,350.00
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Green Collie

Green Collie – Original for Sale 

—Donald Ryker

Acrylic on Canvas

18 x 24 x 1.75″

$1,350.00
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Boxer

Boxer – Original for Sale

—Donald Ryker

Acrylic on Canvas

18 x 24 x 1.75″

$1,350.00
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One Team Two Heroes 3

One Team Two Heroes 3 – Original for Sale -I have had a service dog from Canine Companions for Independence for 20 years. From their start CCI has provided helpers for people with physical limitations. Five years ago they also began the Wounded Warriors program to provide helpers to returning veterans. In 2013 my friend, Dan Keplinger, invited me to join his next show “Heroes”. I chose to paint my heroes, the service dogs and the veterans, in my artwork series “One Team, Two Heroes”.
My style was new. I had recently discovered my ability to guide my brush to more accurately represent my subjects. I was new to layering many colors to develop a more sophisticated piece that my viewers eye would be able to spend time looking at. To see the stages of development of my “One Team Two Heroes” artwork go here:  http://www.believeandcreateart.com/projects-creating-art/. You can also enjoy other projects there.
The full series includes 4 pieces. In the first 3, the photographer cropped the subject to subtly give a glimpse of the disabled person but feature the service dog clearly. One of the things that attracted me to these photos was how the images express the bond between the service dog and their person. It is common for my dogs to rest their heads on part of me or my wheelchair, to lean against my wheel, and to sit right where I can touch the top of their head or shoulder. We check in with each other all day long like this. Having a service dog means always having a companion.

—Donald Ryker

Acrylic on Canvas

18 x 24 x 1.75″

$1,350.00
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One Team Two Heroes 1

—Donald Ryker

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I have had a service dog from Canine Companions for Independence for 20 years. From their start CCI has provided helpers for people with physical limitations. Five years ago they also began the Wounded Warriors program to provide helpers to returning veterans. In 2013 my friend, Dan Keplinger, invited me to join his next show “Heroes”. I chose to paint my heroes, the service dogs and the veterans, in my artwork series “One Team, Two Heroes”.

My style was new. I had recently discovered my ability to guide my brush to more accurately represent my subjects. I was new to layering many colors to develop a more sophisticated piece that my viewers eye would be able to spend time looking at. To see the stages of development of my “One Team Two Heroes” artwork go here:  http://www.believeandcreateart.com/projects-creating-art/. You can also enjoy other projects there.

The full series includes 4 pieces. In the first 3, the photographer cropped the subject to subtly give a glimpse of the disabled person but feature the service dog clearly. One of the things that attracted me to these photos was how the images express the bond between the service dog and their person. It is common for my dogs to rest their heads on part of me or my wheelchair, to lean against my wheel, and to sit right where I can touch the top of their head or shoulder. We check in with each other all day long like this. Having a service dog means always having a companion.

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18 x 24 x 1.75″

$1,350.00
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One Team Two Heroes 2

One Team Two Heroes 2 – Original for Sale –

—Donald Ryker

I have had a service dog from Canine Companions for Independence for 20 years. From their start CCI has provided helpers for people with physical limitations. Five years ago they also began the Wounded Warriors program to provide helpers to returning veterans. In 2013 my friend, Dan Keplinger, invited me to join his next show “Heroes”. I chose to paint my heroes, the service dogs and the veterans, in my artwork series “One Team, Two Heroes”.

My style was new. I had recently discovered my ability to guide my brush to more accurately represent my subjects. I was new to layering many colors to develop a more sophisticated piece that my viewers eye would be able to spend time looking at. To see the stages of development of my “One Team Two Heroes” artwork go here:  http://www.believeandcreateart.com/projects-creating-art/. You can also enjoy other projects there.

The full series includes 4 pieces. In the first 3, the photographer cropped the subject to subtly give a glimpse of the disabled person but feature the service dog clearly. One of the things that attracted me to these photos was how the images express the bond between the service dog and their person. It is common for my dogs to rest their heads on part of me or my wheelchair, to lean against my wheel, and to sit right where I can touch the top of their head or shoulder. We check in with each other all day long like this. Having a service dog means always having a companion.

Acrylic on Canvas

18 x 24 x 1.75″

$1,350.00
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Bernese Mtn Dog on a Deck

Bernese Mtn Dog on a Deck – Original For Sale

—Donald Ryker

Acrylic on Canvas

30 x 40 x 1.75″

$3,700.00
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