Ryan Crane is an artist, designer, photographer, and cancer survivor. Prior to being diagnosed with cancer, he was an accomplished photographer and created a website to teach photography to beginners.
These days, he gets the most enjoyment creating his art and making videos opening Pokemon packs on his YouTube channel.
What is an art to you?
Ryan: In my humble opinion I consider Art to be a story. Depending on the topic of the artwork determines what type of story it tells. The best part is that a group of people could be viewing the same piece of art and each individual could see a completely different story. & Honestly, I love telling stories.
How long have you been an artist and how did you get started?
Ryan: About 8 years ago, although I missed the past 3 years since I had to focus on getting through my Cancer adventure. I got started when an amazing photographer named Scott Frederick, at least that was his online name back then, was sharing his work on social media, and as soon as I saw his work I knew I had to learn for myself. I messaged him and he explained everything to me. I then purchased a camera and started taking pictures and began to learn the editing processes. My art became popular when I created a few pieces from a trip to Walt Disney World. That was really the beginning of my career.
Do you see your art as serving a purpose beyond art?
Ryan: I see my work the same way I see tattoos they have to mean something to person adorning it. For me, some of it is self-expression and some are communication and possibly the most important purpose of my work is to entertain viewers.
What is the message you are trying to give with your art?
Ryan: My goal is to trigger the viewer’s emotions. So many people have become numb to their surroundings. They have forgotten just how amazing the world around them is. They are driving to work and then home like zombies. I want to put them in a state of awe and remind them to slow down and look around, & to stop and smell the
Roses as they say.
What are your plans for the future?
Ryan: My plans for the future? This is a hard one to answer. I just recently received great news, after almost three years I am finally cancer-free and in remission. I’ve been so focused on beating cancer that I haven’t put much thought into future goals. My first goal is to reach financial independence and provide my family with whatever they want. My son and my lady have gone through so much during my cancer adventure that they deserve to have some of their dreams come true and I want to make that happen.
What is a little-known fact you would like to share?
Ryan: Believe it or not, prior to my cancer adventure, I was a tennis instructor and I taught side by side with a top-ranked in the world player turned coach.
How does creating art make you feel?
Ryan: Satisfied, I find creating art to be satisfying. I love the feeling of satisfaction and joy one gets when completing the creation of something tangible that they are proud of.
What does your art aim to say to your audience?
Ryan: Open your eyes, there’s more to life than work.
How do you get ideas for each piece of art?
Ryan: These are some great questions. It begins with choosing a topic or subject to photograph. I will usually take many pictures from multiple vantage points. After which I put it on my computer and choose which images I am happy with. At this point, each image tells me what it wants to be and I push the boundaries of my abilities in order to make it so.
How has your art evolved over the years?
Ryan: I guess you could say that I have a personal rule to live by, which is to make an effort to learn something new every day. At this point, I think I have developed my own style. This has definitely caused an interesting evolution to my work. I think it has become cleaner, a little more detail-oriented, and somewhat identifiable as my work.
Any upcoming shows or workshops we should know about?
Ryan: Due to my medical situation I am unable to participate in public showings so my focus is to showcase my work via my website.