21 Under 31 | Ryan Mellody

By Bonnie Gangelhoff

ART EDUCATION: Bachelor of fine arts from Pensacola Christian College in Florida.
STYLE: Representational.
MOST INTERESTING THING ABOUT THE WAY YOU WORK: Because I have a day job, I come home at night, lock myself in a room, put music on, and paint.
SECOND-CHOICE CAREER: Graphic design. Right now I am a creative director at IBM to pay the bills.
BEST ADVICE RECEIVED: Squint. Paint what you see, not what you know.
CREATIVE SPARK: Looking at and studying other artworks and artists in books, museums, and galleries. I also watch videos like Richard Schmid’s.
PRICE RANGE: $700 to $5,000.
GALLERIES: www.ryanmellodyart.com.

Featured in our annual “21 Under 31” article in September 2009