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.
Featured Originals and Prints
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 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″
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