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Growing Puppy Prints


16 x 16 inch

Archival Ink on Archival Paper

Ships rolled in shipping tube


This painting looks so much like my first service dog Tarella. Chin on the ground, eyes on me, this is just how she wold lie waiting to see what I needed next. The yellow vest on this dog shows it is a teenager, ready to go to formal training on it’s way to being a service dog. Notice her eyes and the connection they make.

The deep golden colors of the dog are created by under-painting with saturated colors and glazing over with oranges, yellows and reds. Purple and red glaze cover blue on the deck and give the dog shadows.

I now have my third service dog and have so much appreciation for all of the hours volunteers and professionals have spent making that possible. My life is so much better because I have this helper and companion in it. —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.



Donald Ryker is now offering fine art prints directly to his fans and collectors. These prints are created on artist-selected paper, with inks and finishes that Ryker has determined most closely capture the look of his original paintings.

These open-edition prints use the finest Epson inks available. These prints are designed to last a lifetime without fading, as long as they are not hung in direct sunlight. The high-quality paper provides a consistent and smooth printing surface that allows for an incredibly wide color gamut and deep rich blacks. The semi-gloss finish ensures full color saturation and adds a protective varnish over the print. There is no embellished texture applied to the prints; the photography of the painting accurately captures the beautiful texture of a Ryker original.



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