I've known Ryan since we were grouped together in A.P. Art way back in high school, during the era of Con Air, O.J. Simpson being known as something other than a professional football player and the Heavens Gate people taking a spaceship ride to oblivion. Apparently I'm old.
I've been around artists my whole life, I've seen many talented people, many more talented than I (something my narcissism makes difficult to admit, but true nonetheless) most of them are no longer creating art anymore, at least not as the driving force in their life. They let the brushes dry up and become a memory. Ryan is not one of those people.