Georgia Ryan was born, raised and educated in Northern California. She attended Holy Names College in Oakland, CA, graduated from the University of California, San Francisco, with a Batchelor's Degree in Dental Hygiene, and practiced that profession for 33 years in California and Arizona. She and her husband, Jim, owned and operated Ryan Signs and Graphics in Ft. Mohave, AZ, for 20 years. Throughout her life, she has been driven by the creative impulse, fascinated by the challenge of figuring out how "things" (art) are made, then adapting the newly learned techniques to her own artistic vision. She is largely self-taught with books, DVD's, the internet and shamelessly picking the brains of artists she meets at shows or anywhere else. She has taken classes in drawing, glass bead making, jewelry making (lost wax casting), kiln formed glass, ceramics, photography, egg carving, and sculpture. For the past several years she has been focused on three areas: kiln formed glass, in which she has been experimenting with a variety of techniques, some simple, some very complex, time consuming and difficult; sculptural pottery and tiles (clay); and chain maille jewelry, all very creatively rewarding. Her work is in private collections in AZ, CA, KS, NC, NJ, NV, NY, Canada and Europe.
I create because I am driven to do so. Creating is one of the necessary components of a (my) balanced life. Without it, I malfunction. And it's fun!! I am inspired by just about anything - nature, conversations, a dream I had last night. I do not seek to persuade, judge, impose a philosophy, or make any particular statement with my work, other than to say "Look what I made...I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it!"
2015 Black Mountain Fine Art Show
2016 Black Mountain Fine Art Show
3rd Place and Hon. Men.
2018 Art at the Lake, Lake Havasu City, AZ
1st Place, Wirework Jewelry, 2nd Place,
2016, 2017 and 2018 Annual City of Palm Springs Juried Art Show
2017 Glass Currents, Richmond, CA
2017 Hot Glass, Cumberland, MD (One of only 16 artists nationwide)
2017 Inaugural BOHO Market, Palm Springs, CA
2018 EARTH, Tobac AZ Center for the Arts
2016 Forest and Ocean Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2016-2017 President, River Valley Artists Guild, Inc (Non profit charity)
2017-2018 Immediate Past President, River Valley Artists Guild, Inc.
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