About the Artist

I was raised in the small southern Indiana town of Dale. Like a scene from a Norman Rockwell painting, as a young boy, I spent every minute possible shirtless, barefoot and enjoying the outdoors. My love for the outdoors and its wonderful wildlife grew to be one of the most important aspects in my young life. I experienced first-hand what it is like to cross a twisted, broken barb wired fence, to jump from a dusty barn loft or see deer crossing the snow-covered field behind my house. With my art, I hope to bring that life to those who have never lived it, or to bring back wonderful memories to those who have.

From my earliest memories, art has been a part of my life…my grandfather in the back of a little white church drawing rabbits, turtles and other wildlife for me. He was a factory worker with rough hands from all of his hard work, but amazed me at how his simple #3 lead pencil could communicate and illuminate life on a piece of paper or church bulletin. This childhood memory, along with who I would consider to be one of the best high school art instructors around, helped feed my need, my want and my love for art. I am a self taught artist who has always had the passion for learning, and a warm joy in my heart when teaching others, how they with the right technics and a open mind can draw or paint beyond what they ever believed they could.

I have now been married to my high school sweetheart for over twenty-five years and have two beautiful young adult daughters. They, too, share my love for wildlife. My oldest is pursuing a career in the equine therapy industry, and the youngest hopes to direct her career in zoology after college, studying apes, elephants and other amazing creatures.

Now with my daughters practically grown and the motivation of my wonderful wife, I am once again applying my brush to a canvas in hopes of sparking a memory, a fantasy or just enjoyment in your heart and mind through my art.

I hope you enjoy and God bless!

10 thoughts on “About the Artist”

  1. I saw some of your artwork while visiting your brother, Rick a few months ago. You truly are very talented!

  2. Jay Williamson said:

    Ryan, we just purchased your painting “More than working dog” at the EPI Gala. Being dog lovers and having a yellow lab, we were naturally drawn to it. It will soon find its place in a prominent place in our home. Beautiful work!

    Jay Williamson

    • Thank you so much for your contribution to the Gala, and to the art world.I hoped that the painting brought enjoyment to the buyer and helped in raising funds for such a wonderful cause. Thank you again and enjoy the painting.

  3. Lisa (Van Winkle) Resler said:

    Ryan, I don’t know if you’ll remember me, or not. I lived down the road from you, when you lived in the White House by the highway. I had no idea you had such an outstanding talent. I can’t wait to see others. Ironically, my mother started painting later in life as well. Congratulations, and may God continue to bless you, your family, and your talent!!
    Lisa Van Winkle Resler

    • I do remember Lisa, you were thin and long hair and lived a couple of blocks behind us. I hope to post new paintings soon. Thank you for your kind comment, and blessings.

  4. I was wondering if you have your art in any Florida galleries? I’ll continue to look for your pieces on linear well. I’m finally ready to seek out a large painting something with water and shades of blue. I’ve loved your art for so many years and am excited to search out one of your works.

    • Hi Kim,
      Thank you for interest in my art, and for contacting me. At this time I do art shows throughout Florida 9 months of the year and commission work between shows.
      My work is mainly on canvas now, with heavy acrylics, although I do commissioned watercolors as well.
      You can contact me at: ryanhayes.art@gmail.com
      Or my Facebook:
      Art by Ryan Hayes

      Thank you again!

  5. Flo Diorio said:

    Will you be showing at Under the Oaks in Vero?
    Flo D

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