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Lion King

Lion King – – Original for Sale – Prints Available

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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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Shoreline at Dusk

This beautiful golden sunset is at the end of a great day. The blue horizon and skyline bring in the calmness of evening and night. I am able to paint with bright vivid colors and include lots of texture but still evoke the peaceful and relaxing feelings that the viewer gets from this image. This is a large canvas so it will bring lots of color and vitality along with the serenity. —Donald Ryker

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36x26x1.75 inches

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Journey

Have you ever journeyed down a rural road in the fall? It was a journey for me paint this image. I liked the perspective challenge of the foreground, the receding road, the foliage getting further away, the mountains in the distance. It took a lot of planning and many days of layering paint and glaze to get where I wanted with this piece. I like the shadows, the shafts of light and the open sky in the distance. Everything about this piece lifts my mood.

—Donald Ryker

Acrylic on Canvas

36x36x1.75 inches

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Beach

I chose this image for the many colors in the sky and ocean contrasting with the beach and rocks. The original photo had a range of pastel colors which was quite beautiful. My painting has vivid colors in sky, ocean, rock and sand. I created depth with layers using underpainting to give the base value, and layers of glaze developed the complexity and illusion of depth. The rock shape actually reminds me of a sleeping dragon.

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Panther

This artwork is full of contrasts. Not only the light and dark tints of red that color this blood red panther cast in sunlight and shadow, but the peaceful resting state of the animal in contrast to the eyes that look so desolate and the contrast of the powerful wild beast resting on a log cut by a manmade saw. This is one of the few disturbing pieces I have done. I usually prefer to evoke peace and joy, but this piece is about a hopeless endangered species. I would hope for more than this in our world.

—Donald Ryker

Acrylic on Canvas

24x24x1.75″

$1,800.00
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Owl

This owl is fiercely warning away any intruders. I would take him seriously! One half of his image is in the shadows. It was very fun to work with the shades of white, brown and gray to create this illusion. Painting the feathers and texture was very spontaneous, and I really like the way they suggest his coloring and texture. It was a combination of solid pigment and overlapping glazes that created this effect. —Donald Ryker

Acrylic on Canvas

24x24x1.75″

 

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Millennium Falcon Hawk

Look at the intensity and determination in every line of this falcon. There is no doubt this bird is descending towards his target with fierce intention. He is not deterred by the shooting flames that cast a red glow from below. I leave it to the viewer to fill in the storyline that would cast any of us into such a hardship. 

Under the glazes of red, yellow, orange, green and purple I detailed this falcon in tones of brown. These lights and darks show through the glaze to give him form. 

I am inspired by the arts around me and in this particular piece I was influence by watching the challenges and battles in the 2017 Star Wars movie. –Donald Ryker

 

Acrylic on Canvas

30x30x1.75″

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Crocodile

What a challenge this compositions was! I chose it because of the reflection, the challenge to create the water, and that mouth full of teeth and tongue. I am pleased with his monochrome green form and the pinks and reds in his open mouth. I painted the reflection in different shades of brown to develop it underwater. The final piece for me was the addition of the blue on the surface of the brown swampy water. Some viewers have commented on the similar coloring to some of Monet’s Lilly artwork That is quite a compliment.

—Donald Ryker

 

30x30x1.75″

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TIGER

Tiger

You can see by his eyes that this fellow is very serious and intent. It was such fun to create the illusion of his coloring, whiskers, and mane. I felt very free to apply these contrasting colors and the results emerged very spontaneously. This is a powerful image, and maybe not so restful, but it definitely creates a connection with the viewer. If you want some wild nature in your home this fellow will bring that to you. —Donald Ryker

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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

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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 Dogs

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

This original is available in a black shadow box redwood frame.

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

I chose this image for the challenge of blending the sky and water in shades of blue. I feel it is one of my most successful paintings in this regard. Shading and blending are quite difficult for me. I couldn’t resist adding the bright colors of orange, yellow and purple to show that vibrant life in this fish. What a startling shape he has with the extended fan of his fin and the unique swordfish structure

Acrylic on Canvas

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

I painted this powerful predator shark in shades and tints of blue, with the water in the same shades. It evokes the peaceful quiet underwater world. You can see the light and shadows from the surface light on his body and the ocean floor. I imagine him gliding effortlessly past the viewer as he examines his world. He is in complete control. —Donald Ryker

Acrylic on Canvas

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

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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

Movement happens in natural elements as well as in animals. This wave is caught in the moment it is cresting, and curling toward the shore. There is internal color of gold and tan because of the influence of the sand pulled up into the wave, and the sparkle of light hitting the spray and the foamy surf. I painted in a subtly blue tinted white and created depth and sparkle with glazes in blue, red and yellow. —Donald Ryker

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

 

 

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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

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Airborne

Airborne – – Original for Sale –

I chose this image of a leaping dolphin because it is so joyful in its twisting movement in the air. The shadows and curves create lines that your eye follows and for me the image evokes feelings of breaking free of gravity. It is amazing that such a large animal can be so acrobatic. After painting the lights and shadows of his form in primary colors, I used many layers of glaze in blue, red, purple and finally white to give the suggestion of gray. The foaming surf is sponged  icy blue tint and glazed with blues, and purples and reds to give the visual depth. Have you ever felt this joyful? Wouldn’t you want a daily reminder of that feeling?

Acrylic on Canvas

36 x 36 x 1.75

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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

$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

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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