From the beginning, Ryan was immersed in art. Growing up with both parents as teachers, who were active in the arts, Ryan received formal art training from a very young age. He was surrounded by original works by Picasso, Dali, Currier and Ives, as well as literature on all of the masters and modernists. Art was a part of life, and soon became a passion.
Graduating with a BFA Cum Laud, he studied art, concentrating in bronze casting and ceramics. Ryan became a designer, and eventually director of design, for a major rug manufacturer where he works closely with the trend teams of major retailers advising them on current styling and color. Many of his original designs can be found in various U.S. retailers. His career has taken him, to Belgium, Turkey, and Egypt, where he has worked closely with other design teams developing product.
Currently, Ryan’s studio work revolves around making limited edition and one of a kind writing instruments for the serious collector and pen lover. He feels that all things should have an element of art innate within, and abhors the plainness of the items we use daily. His love for exotic woods and precious metals combined with this fixation on craftsmanship make this a fulfilling medium and art form.
Without the written word, the halls of history fall silent, the bard’s tales are forgotten, and our spiritual heritage lost. How dare we reduce our finest gift to a tube of plastic packed with sticky liquid. I cannot think of more suitable materials to render respect than to look to nature and find those things which are inherently unique and beautiful. No man can create the unique grain signature found in a piece of exotic wood, nor can he replicate the subtle colorations of naturally shed antler. With proper craftsmanship, these materials can be rearranged into writing instruments suitable for our most precious enterprises.
The very nature of the materials I work with make each object unique unto themselves. Segments from the same tree or the same antler, even inches apart, take on an appearance that can never be replicated. As fine art should be, every piece stands alone as unique unto itself.
I am grateful for the patronage I’ve received over the last decade and thankful to have been the recipient of the 2017 Reader’s Choice: Best Artisan Pen – Pen World Magazine. Most of all, I feel blessed to get to do what I’m passionate about, at my home studio, near my family. It continues to be a pleasure to create for my clients a special piece of functional art.
Article from Pen World Magazine Feb. 2014