Ecco Femina (Behold:Woman)
Females/Models: -criticized for being "fake;" fake breasts, fake eyelashes, fake hair extensions. -Sex traffickers abduct them,
to sell to sexual deviants. -Radical Islam shrouds them, denies their rights to read, drive and wear stylish clothes.
Women deserve better than what this world gives them. As a Christian, I believe that Jesus set the standard; he broke all the traditions and norms of his culture and day-a culture not unlike present day Sharia Law, by treating women as equals and by elevating them.
My Mom, Teri Ryman, was a teen fashion model in 1940's Tampa, Florida, who's career ended when she married a US Air Force pilot to travel the world and raise two boys. In her forties, re-married to a US Air Force MD and living in Wiesbaden, Germany, she studied oil painting under the tutelage of Herr Hirschfeld, the last in a long line of German Master painters. In Biloxi, Mississippi, Teri began to sell her oil on canvas paintings, while I won first place ribbons in local art shows with my MC Escher influenced drawings. Offered a scholarship to prestigious 'Ole Miss University, in Oxford, I opted to attend Santa Monica City College, in L.A., instead. There, in Brentwood, California, where I shared a two bedroom apartment with my Mom, she passed on German Master oil painting technique to me, in a series of tempestuous tutoring sessions that spanned the course of a decade.
But she apparently also passed on to me a love for Models and all women, for the way they "paint" their faces every day,
for the way they have posed for countless artists for centuries, going back to the cave paintings of Lascaux, France and for the abuse they've endured at the hands of men. For this and more, I paint and hope that my work immortalizes their efforts to make the world a more beautiful, more inspiring place.
I want to also honor three extraordinary MEN in my (Ryman) family tree:
1. Robert Ryman, the Abstract minimalist painter, who broke new ground and who's work sells for millions and resides in Museums around the world. http://www.xavierhufkens.com/artists/robert-ryman
2. Herb Rynam, the Disney illustrator, who's iconic 1950's map of Disneyland launched many a dream, who went on to create much more great art and charitable foundations. http://www.ryman.org/therymanlegacy/
3. Tom Ryman, who, touched by God, was moved to build the Ryman auditorium, a legendary Nashville Music Landmark and American treasure-the home of the "Grand Ole Opry," where every performer who's anyone has graced the stage. This edifice was a gift from Tom to the world, originally intended as the home of a revivialist, many a fiery sermon was preached there. htmlhttp://www.ryman.com/history/tomrym