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Welcome to Believe and Create Art, the website for hard hat painter Donald Ryker.
Painting with his head, Donald Ryker, has created unique, colorful, and joyful paintings that inspire people and help them connect to the natural world. Purchase his artwork to having a vital vibrant focal piece for your space.
Don’t miss more detail in Ryker’s Biography and feel free to contact Donald through his email BelieveandCreateArt@gmail.com.
Featured Originals and Prints
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
Prowling Lion Print
Lions have such a presence. I really like painting them and showing their power and peacefulness. Those two qualities seem at odds with each other so it’s very intriguing to paint. This fellow is in motion, walking through the snow. I can imagine his muffled footsteps. His gaze is intently focused on his destination. I painted the base color with a range from yellow to blue that took me through many shades of green. Then I glazed with yellows, oranges, purples, and blues. The dark main was in shades of red and orange, then glazed with blues and purples. I chose a blue background color to reflect the icy blue of snow. You can see the original on display in the collectors home. Doesn’t it look great in that setting? Enjoy. – Donald Ryker
14in. x 14in. Archival Print on Paper
Epson Archival Paper and Epson Archival Ink
This archival paper print arrives rolled in a tube. The image will have a white border of 1.5 inches, ready to mat and frame.
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
King Of Hearts
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
Reporters have said "He is a true inspiration", and from one collector - “Every morning I wake up and walk in where Donald Ryker’s art is hanging. Seeing it reminds me of the work that went into creating it and I am inspired for the day.”
Donald Ryker paints to evoke a feeling of connection and relationship for his viewers. He chooses animal subjects, bright paint, and lots of texture to create joy. He hopes to be an inspiration, showing that people can thrive when they focus on the positive.
Ryker is passionate about painting and continuing to create art. It has been said that his paintings "are masterpieces" and that "they could easily hang beside high dollar expressionist artists' work". Purchasing Ryker's artwork will provide the collector with value they will enjoy the rest of their life.