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Standing Outside the Fire


Original Acrylic on Canvas

30 x 40 x 1.75″

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People with disabilities are expected to live a separate life. Children are placed in separate classes. The work world doest accommodate special needs. Adults with disabilities who really want to work are unable to find a way to contribute and earn money. If they do, they endanger the government funds that are supporting them. Something needs to change.

Life is about being in the fire. Its about participating and being part of our society. Standing outside the fire is no life. This colorful eagle stands at the boundary between life and subsistence. He is ready to take flight into life.

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.