Faith, Travel and Diversity by Rana Ryan

Our lives are influenced by certain people who make a memorable impression on our subconscious and guide us to be who we are today. At least, this has been true in mine.

My inspiration is my mother, Dalal Sawaya, an established artist, with amazing talent who creates beauty seemingly out of nothing. I am truly blessed to be part of her art world and I was able to apply my early lessons as a child, as advertising major at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

Mark, my husband of 32 years, is the continuous source of my strength. He has filled my life with so much love that it reflects in all that I do and all that I am. His unbelievable support with my painting is what allows me to have continuous ideas and be able to express them through my art.

My very first solo show was on April 1, 2005, at Pittsburgh University in the Barco Law Library. I showed 32 paintings and sold 17 on opening night, and six more of them after that. Most of all, I cherish the comments and the kind words that were written in my guest book and the amazing compliments I received that night. It was a surreal experience for me. My show reflected three distinct influences that have shaped my life: faith, travel and diversity of experience.

A lot has happened since my first solo show. I opened my own artist shop which started with 25 mugs, and they were all sold right from my home. After that I started creating pillows. So here I am in my 50s, sharing my paintings online. My shop is called Rana Ryan’s Artist Shop which can be viewed here: https://ranaryan.threadless.com/.  I hope you like something and it brightens your home or patio!


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