Victoria Ryan

Victoria Ryan

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Victoria Ryan
EDUCATION: 1975 – 1976 Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California 1976 – 1977 Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, California 1977 – 1982 California State University, Long Beach, B.F.A. in Painting and Drawing 1986 – 1987 U.C. Irvine, CA – Graduate studies in program satisfying requirements to earn California Community College and Adult Education teaching credentials EXHIBITIONS: 2013 – ”Abstractions” Plaza, Arcata, CA “Marin Landscapes” Robert Allen Fine Art, Sausalito, CA 2012 – ”My California Dream” Sewell Gallery, Eureka, CA 2009 - ”Nature’s Way” Art Brokers Inc., Sausalito CA 2008 - ”Land and Water” Humboldt Baykeeper, Eureka, CA 2007 - “Dreaming in Color” Deer Ridge Vineyards, Livermore, CA 2006 – ”Vineyard Views” Art of Wine, Eureka, CA 2005 – ”Landscapes” Humboldt”s Finest Gallery, Eureka, CA - Group Show, Humboldt Artworks, Arcata, CA 2004 – New Work – Humboldt’s Finest Gallery, Eureka, CA - ”New Pastels” Plaza Design, McKinleyville, CA - Elliott Fouts Gallery, Granite Bay, CA 2002 – ”California Landscapes” – Torbert Gallery, Ferndale, CA - “New Works” – 205 G St. Gallery, Eureka, CA 2001 - Pastel Landscapes – Mary Bell Gallery, Chicago, IL - ”Peaceful Surroundings” - Art Merge Gallery, Dallas, TX 2000 – ”California Dream” – Thompson Gallery, Livermore, - Landscapes – 3 artist show – Mary Bell Galleries, Chicago, IL 1997 - ”Images of Spring” – Mary Bell Gallery, Chicago, IL 1996 - ”Alentours” – Merging One Gallery, Santa Monica, CA - ”Sojourns” – Chappell Gallery, San Francisco, CA 1991 – “California Landscapes” Pastels – Gallery M, Fresno, CA 1988 - Drawings – Lisane, Newport Beach, CA - Drawings – Bistango, Los Angeles, CA - ”Dream Houses” Pastels - Orange Coast College Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA - New Pastels, Studio Cafe, Corona Del Mar, CA 1984 – ”New Work on Paper” – James Turcotte Gallery, Los Angeles, CA GROUP SHOWS: 2012 – Landscapes: Bring the Light – Group Show, Gallery KH, Chicago, IL - ”Seasonal Landscapes” Robert Allen Fine Art, Sausalito, CA - Gallery Artists, Sewell Gallery, Eureka, CA 2011 – Group Show, Gallery Artists, Sewell Gallery, Eureka, CA 2011 - “Northern California Landscapes” Robert Allen Fine Art, Sausalito, CA - ”Florals and the Feminine Figure” Studio 7 Fine Art, Pleasanton, CA 2010 – “Seasonal Landscapes” Robert Allen Fine Art, Sausalito, CA - Gallery Artists, Studio 7, Pleasanton, CA 2009 - Redwood Art Association Spring Show (Award-Best Landscape) Morris Graves Museum of Art, Eureka, CA - Landscape Show – Robert Allen Fine Art, Sausalito, CA - Redwood Art Association Spring Art Show (Award-Best Pastel) Eureka, CA - Group Show, Gallery Artists, Art of Wine, Eureka, CA 2008 - Pastel Group Show – Art of Wine, Eureka, CA - Inaugural Show,  Gallery KH, Chicago, IL 2007 - “Unique Landscapes” Mary Bell Gallery, Chicago, IL 2006 – “History of Women Artists, From Mary Cassatt to the Present” David Barnett Gallery, Milwaukee, WI - Gallery Artists, Art of Wine, Eureka, CA 2003 - “New Artists” Elliott Fouts Gallery, Granite Bay, CA 2002 - Torbert Gallery, Ferndale, CA - Editions Limited Gallery, Indianapolis, IN - Group Show, Elliott Fouts Gallery, Granite Bay, CA 2000 – “Atelier 2000? Print Exhibition, Fresh Paint, Culver City, CA - Group Show – Gallery Artists – Imani Gallery, Napa, CA - A Survey of Bay Area Artists – Fresh Paint, Culver City, CA - ”All Artist Exhibition” – Editions Limited Gallery, Indianapolis, IN - Gallery Artists – Mary Bell Gallery, Chicago, IL 1998 - Group Show, Mary Bell Gallery, Chicago, IL - “In the Spirit of Women” – Thompson Gallery, Livermore, CA - ”Holiday Exhibition of Gallery Artists” Editions Limited Gallery, Indianapolis, IN - Gallery Artists – Joanne Chappell Gallery/Editions Limited, San Francisco, CA 1997 - Group Show, Barlett Gallery, Pleasanton, CA - ”New Beginnings, Old Friends” – Fresh Paint, Culver City, CA - Winter Group Show, Editions Limited Gallery, Indianapolis, IN 1996 – Gallery Artists, Editions Limited, Indianapolis, IN - “Crocker-Kingsley 70th Exhibition” Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA - ”Flora” – Editions Limited Gallery, Indianapolis, IN 1995 – “Pastel Anthology” – David Barnett Gallery, Milwaukee, WI - Gallery Artists, Editions Limited Gallery, Indianapolis, IN - ”The Garden Party” – Thompson Gallery, Livermore, CA 1994 – Group Show, Editions Limited Gallery, Indianapolis, IN 1990 – Gallery Artists, Joanne Chappell Gallery, San Francisco, CA - “Summer Group Show” – Joanne Chappell Gallery, San Francisco, CA 1989 – ”Figurative Abstraction” – Andrea Marquit Gallery, Boston, MA - ”The Art Teacher” – Metro Contemporary Gallery, Foster City, CA - ”Line and Form – Works on Paper by California Artists” Hatley Martin Gallery, San Francisco, CA 1987 – ”Reflections & Illusions” – Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA - ”Drawings” – Lifescapes International, Newport Beach, CA - Group Show, The Edge Gallery, Fullerton, CA - “Julia Morgan Memorial Exhibition of California Women Artists” - Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA 1986 - Ruth Bachofner Gallery Exhibit at L.A. Mart, Los Angeles, CA - “In the Pink” – Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA - Drawings – Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton, CA - ”The People Corridor” – Curated by Laguna Art Museum at South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, CA 1985 - ”New Juice in Orange County” – Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, CA - “2nd Biennial” – Pacific Grove Art Center, Pacific Grove, CA - ”Wall Works” – L.A. Artcore, Los Angeles, CA 1984 - ”Discovery ’84? – Simard Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 1984 - ”The California Promise – Five Fletcher Park Artists” – University of California Irvine Fine Art Gallery, Irvine, CA - ”New Artists” – Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, CA - ”International Art Competition” – Los Angeles, CA ““ Second Place Award – Drawing Category 1983 – ”Works on Paper” – L.A. Artcore, Los Angeles, CA FESTIVALS, AWARDS, HONORS: Redwood Art Association – Best in Show – 2012 Autumn Exhibition La Quinta Arts Festival 2012 – Best in Category Award – Drawing & Pastels La Jolla Art & Wine Festival 2010 – Best in Class Award-Drawing Redwood Art Association – Annual Spring Exhibition 2009 -Award: Best Landscape, Morris Graves Museum of Art, Eureka, CA Invited Artist for inclusion in “Best of America – Pastel Vol. II” Kennedy Publishing Sausalito Art Festival – Official Peer Juror – 2008, 2009 LaJolla Art Fair 2008- Best of Show Award for Pastels Cover Art for Wines and Vines Annual Advertising Campaign and Directory – 2007 Guest Curator “Annual Photography Exhibition” 2009, 2010 Art of Wine, Eureka, CA Guest Curator “Annual Figurative Show” 2009 Art of Wine, Eureka, CA Best in Pastel Award – RAA Annual Fall Exhibition Curated by Sandra Erickson 2009 Juror – Las Positas College Student Art Exhibition International Art Competition – 2nd Place Drawing PROFESSIONAL TEACHING & AFFILIATIONS: 1989 Drawing and Painting Instructor, Livermore Unified School Dist.,CA 1986 – 1988 Drawing Instructor, Irvine Valley College, CA 1984 – 1988 Drawing and Painting Instructor, Irvine Fine Arts Center, CA 1987 Drawing Instructor, Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA CURRENT MEMBERSHIPS: Humboldt Arts Council Redwood Art Association I am a working artist. The better part of my days are spent creating in my studio. Additional hours are filled by pursuing the who what and how of making a living in this pursuit. I got rather good at it early on…identifying where my work belonged and eventually, how to help other artists do the same. Today, a slice of my time is devoted to being a marketing coach to artists at all stages of their careers who are striving to identify where they fit in the marketplace or who are facing issues in these post-recessionary times. I barter for knowledge. But mostly, I am a painter. I work primarily in soft pastels and secondarily in oils, casein and mixed media. I am attracted to landscapes, architecture, and abstract themes based on nature. The underlying theme that runs through all of my work is the idea of a heightened reality. Growing up in the Los Angeles area, I was inspired by the saturated light and color of the Southern California landscape. Additionally, a somewhat metaphysical element drives my creative process. I have always been intrigued by my own dream imagery - that intense sense of reality that is experienced in the rare lucid dream or in moments of pure transcendence. My goal is to paint scenes that exist on a slightly higher vibration to elicit an enhanced sense of mood and feeling… My abstractions are created through a largely intuitive process based on the premise of a deconstructed landscape or more accurately, a piece of a collective subconscious sketchbook of what the process of perceiving and inventing what would become nature might look like. Soft pastel has been my preferred medium since I first started exploring with it in college. Nothing compares to those pigments to achieve the rich color and spontaneity they provide. I work with numerous varieties and brands from the butter-like Unison to the soft Sennelier, as well as homemade sticks. My surfaces are the finest archival papers and prepared boards. Layers of color are applied and some blending is achieved using fingers and blending sticks. I have returned to painting in oils and casein and various combinations of these incorporating charcoal, graphite and oil sticks. I am taking time to experiment with media that I have not worked with in a long while and it is refreshing to bring out tools I haven’t used in years. I am a wife and mother. Over the years I continued to migrate north in California, finally reaching what some call Baja Oregon. Our family lives beyond the redwoods and near the ocean, in the artist friendly city of Eureka, California. It’s a sweet life here, albeit uber mellow at times. We have a mini dachshund named “Buddy” who brightens our spirits and keeps us laughing.
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