I see myself first and foremost as a man who loves life, and loves to express myself through art. An artist.
So I paint. OK, so I have a some unique personal challenges which mean I cannot use my hands Many people know me as Donald Ryker, the expressionist artist who paints using his head. That’s because due to having Cerebral Palsy, I paint using a pretty clever rigged-up hard hat.
My paintings are colourful expressions of who I am, how I feel about life, and who I’ve been influenced by – Franz Mark’s freedom from traditional colors, Monet’s layers and texture, and Van Gough’s clear pigments and loose brush strokes.
My favorite subjects are lions, birds, dogs, and peaceful landscapes.
I hope you enjoy browsing the site. You can also see original Donald Ryker paintings in person.
Donald Ryker – self portrait
I paint because I love to.
Blue Horse is one of the first horses I painted. It reminds me of the fun I had riding horses when I was little. Being up on that horse was a whole new world. I was up high, I was moving free of my wheelchair, and I was with a warm wonderful animal. Horses always connected with me even when I was still seated in my chair. It is amazing to have that huge head come down to say hi.
I chose the blue color for the calm peaceful feeling I get from it. The sky is limitless and here is sky together with the amazing animal. Tints of dark to light phthalo blue formed the horse and purple and blue glaze give more shadow. The background was originally green, and I made it much more complex by layering red and purple. I like the simplicity of the paint on the horse and the complexity of the background colors.
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