We had the good fortune of connecting with Caroline Ryan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Caroline, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I chose an artistic career because art has always been something that I have loved. Since I was a little girl, I was constantly drawing or painting. During the end of high school and early college, I took a detour from art and decided to focus on other things (I was majoring in psychology and thinking of becoming a therapist), but ultimately, ended up focusing on art again. I ended up double-majoring in psychology and painting, which I do not regret. I think psychology, although not extremely apparent, has been something that informs my art and the choices I make in my work.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
When it comes to my art, I am constantly thinking of varying topics, depending on what I am making. The main themes in my work are family and memory, and sharing stories of friends and strangers alike. I don’t know if I would consider myself a professional just yet, but I am working towards becoming an artist who can sustain themselves fully from their art. Although I haven’t done much, I am proud of the work that I have made so far, and of the shows and events I have been able to participate in. Although I am doing something that I love, it is not easy at all trying to be an artist. It is financially a struggle, and it is a struggle trying to remain confident and to ward off negative thoughts. The biggest lesson that I have learned along the way is to just keep working; the only way to improve is to constantly look for each opportunity and to continuously work and hone your craft. I would want the world to know that when it comes to my work, whether it be personal or commission work, that I truly care and invest myself in each piece that I make.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to my boyfriend, Luis Rodriguez. Luis has always been supportive of my art; he has been at all of my shows, from start to finish (he has helped me set-up shows, been there to view them, and has helped me take down shows.) I really couldn’t do everything that I do without his help, and for that I really appreciate him.
Personal Photo Image Credit: Sarah Montgomery