Original Acrylic on Canvas

36 x 36 x 1.75 inches

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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. — Donald Ryker


Donald Ryker has been painting since his teens. He was inspired to begin painting when he discovered he could use a hard hat on his head to direct his brush. He has lived his life with cerebral palsy and was thrilled to find an outlet for his creativity and a way to communicate his love of life, and his message to people that anyone can accomplish things in life if they are creative and persistent; there is always a way to find the positive in life. Ryker's paintings reflect his joy in life, and his desire to connect. His artwork inspires others with his choice of color and ability to draw in his viewer.

As with other creative artists, being unique has led Ryker to develop his own style. He paints luminous vibrant artwork by using bold clear colors, underpainting to bring out the values, and layering glaze in his unique technique that he calls Impasto Glaze. The end result reflects light beautifully and has the quality of stained glass. The viewer will continually find new details to enjoy.

We are currently offering free shipping for paintings shipped within the United States. Overseas international shipping generally runs about 10% of the cost of the painting, which includes crating and insurance.

All Acrylic on Canvas Artwork ships in professional artist packaging, protected by 3 layers of foam, and lined with ABS plastic to ensure that the artwork arrives undamaged. Items will be shipped 7-10 days after order is received using FedEx Ground. Receipt in undamaged condition is guaranteed. Signature is required upon receipt.