Jim Ryan Raptors

ON EXHIBIT: January 31, 2018 –February 25, 2018

ARTIST'S RECEPTION: February 3, 2018 3:00pm – 5:00pm

An exhibit of strikingly detailed oil paintings that offer a close-up look into the amazing patterns and natural colors found in the eyes and feathers of raptors.

Great Horned Owl
Jim Ryan [Oil on panel]

About the Artist:
Jim Ryan started painting only a few years ago at 55. He is self-taught, working mainly in oils. He also uses watercolors, colored pencils, charcoal, graphite, as well as, doing pleinair work. This is his first exhibit. He’d like to thank the Firehouse and judging panel for this opportunity.

Ryan grew up in Dorchester and currently lives in Merrimac, MA. He works full time in training and development in the Healthcare industry. He is a bird watcher, hiker, and mountaineer.

Artist Statement:
“I have always had a love of hawks, owls, and other raptors. For me, their beauty and regalness represent the best of nature. While others see their fierceness, I see their peace and feel a sense of presence. In this series, I have zoomed in on their faces to highlight their amazing eyes and feathers. Raptors have some of the largest eyes in the animal kingdom and they are striking when seen up close. Their feathers have such amazing patterns and their natural colors give the paintings a sense of softness and movement. To capture this, I used earthy, low-intensity oil paint and kept the framing simple. The goal of the two larger pieces was to fully enhance the connection to the raptor’s life force and beauty.

A number of the raptors featured were in rehab facilities after being injured and found in the wild. I tried to include their rescuer's buildings and landscapes in the reflections of their eyes. Thank you to those who work to rehabilitate these animals. With the exception of the Eagle Owl, Burrowing Owl, Ferruginous Hawk, and Golden Eagle, all of the raptors can be found in the Newburyport area. Both The Snowy Owl and Eagle can be seen this month at Joppa Flats - Mass Audubon and on Plum Island, which is considered to be one of the best birding spots in the nation.” (Jim Ryan)

Jim Ryan
Eagle 1
Jim Ryan [Oil on panel]

Jim Ryan
Eagle Owl
Jim Ryan [Oil on canvas]


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