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Contemporary Wildlife Paintings

Maria Ryan is an accomplished artist and designer who has been winning awards and pleasing collectors around the world for the past thirty years for her paintings and designs of all types of wildlife and its habitat. She is a graduate of the Graphic Arts Preparatory School of New York and received her formal art education at C.W. Post Long Island University in New York. She has completed 540 workshop hours at Huntington Fine Arts School in New York and studied with many internationally renowned wildlife artists in workshops in the United States and Europe. She is a designer for the 'Table Top' industry with many designs in production in the US and the UK. Also 'The Trail of Painted Ponies' US (horse figurines) have produced 12 of her original designs for the figurines sold world wide in the last 15 years she has worked with the company.

Following six years residence in Europe, she lived in Tampa, Florida and in 1998 moved to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Her studio over looked ten acres of beautiful wilderness with abundant wildlife - moose, elk, whitetail deer etc., for continual inspiration.
As of September 2012 she and her husband now reside in Colorado Springs with again a beautiful Cheyenne mountain view and wildlife at her back door. This time it is black bears, red foxes, mule deer and many species of mountain birds.

Only working from her own reference material for her wildlife and landscape paintings ,she travels throughout North America studying her subjects and gathering material for her paintings. Her major research trips have included the Everglades, Olympic, Rocky Mountain, Banff, Glacier, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, plus many wildlife centers and wildlife rescue organizations. For several years, she was a docent at Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, Florida which further broadened her knowledge, creativity and dedication to wildlife purposes. She is an active conservationist supporting numerous organizations with fundraising, teaching and donations of artwork. The National Nature Conservancy commissioned Maria Ryan to create the artwork for its brochure and the many pictorial trail signs (12 - 24 x 30)at the Cougar Bay Preserve on Lake Coeur d'Alene. Also, the local Audubon Society in Coeur d' Alene along with the Tubbs Hill Foundation in C oeur d' Alene commissioned Maria to hand paint all the birds, trees, and wild flowers for their large interpretive signs for the Tubbs Hill Trail Area in Coeur d' Alene.

Her paintings have consistently received accolades of the highest order. Her work has been exhibited in The Indianapolis Museum of Art , The Tampa Museum of Art and the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, GA. She has received top show honors in many national and regional shows in the United States and Europe. She was selected into the Top 100 and Top 200 two consecutive years in the prestigious Art for the Parks National competition in Jackson, Wyoming.
Maria has also contributed her artistic skills to the painting of several life size animals for public art projects in Idaho and Washington. Several are featured in the book 'American Art Parade'. Contemporary large works , traditional miniature paintings, and abstracts (www.mariaryanart.com) are also part of her diverse spectrum of work. Turning to miniature art again, for which she has won many awards, she received a First Place ribbon in Colorado Springs El Dorado Gallery's miniature show and a Best of Show at the Cottonwood Center for Arts small works show this year.
Other recent awards include a First Place/Peoples Choice award at the Cottonwood Center for the Arts Western Show, A First Place award at the Art Guild of Colorado Springs fall show and an "Honorable Mention" for her original "Chick Flick" painting from the Colorado Springs Art Guild's spring art show. She has many other awards (list upon request).

She is also involved with the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs ( which is within walking distance from her Colorado home) donating artwork for their fund raising events.

Her work has been published in U.S. Art ,Wildlife Art , Informart Magazine, Coeur d' Alene Magazine and numerous newspaper articles. She is one of the artists featured in "Wildlife Art: 60 Contemporary Masters and their Work", published in 2001 by Portfolio Press. Five other books by the Trail of Painted Ponies have featured her design work on their figurines. Her paintings can be found in private and corporate collections in the United States, Great Britain, Germany, Austria, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

Support for Conservation:
Special Achievements:
  • 2007 - New Tubbs Hill Signs in Coeur d' Alene
    Maria Ryan has painted 32 detailed illustrations in full color of all the birds, wild flowers, shrubs and trees located within the Tubbs Hill nature trails for the new sinage which will be installed by the parks department in the very near future. The signs will be located at the beginning of the trail system ajacent to the Coeur d' Alene Resort. These three large format signs have been produced beautifully on metal in full color with detailed descriptions and information about the trails.

    You can also see the 10 large full color information signs that Maria was commissioned to paint a few years ago for the National organization - The Nature Conservancy - Cougar Bay Preserve trail system in Coeur d' Alene. These signs are also on metal, in full color showing the flora and fauna and other geological depictions of this area with paintings and photos by Maria. They are easy to read and beautiful.
  • 2006 - Top 20 Winner in The Trail Of Painted Ponies Native Art of Horse Painting Competition
    One of the 20 painted ponies chosen (out of 400 entries) across the US for the first Native Art of Horse Painting competition by The Trail of Painted Ponies. See their web pages for photos of my pony- "Native Jewel Pony" and other photos of the big awards event held in Scottsdale, AZ this May.
  • 2006 - Bucks For PACE, Public art project, Bellevue, WA.
    Two of my designs were chosen to paint on TWO LIFE SIZE Whitetail deer fiberglass forms. "Shared Spirits Buck" and "Buck n' Broncos" will be displayed in Bellevue,Wa. for the summer and auctioned at a gala event in October this year to benefit the Performing Arts Center Eastside in Bellevue, Wa.
  • 2004 - EXCEL Foundation Public Art Project - "No Moose Left Behind"
    Painting a life-sized Moose model for public auction for charity.
  • 1998 - Art exhibit in Tampa Museum of Art

  • The Trail of Painted Ponies - Anniversary Edition (2008)
    More about The Trail of Painted Ponies - Anniversary Edition
    Ten pages that feature my artwork contributions to the Trail of Painted Ponies. - A book that tells the story of the Trail of Painted ponies from the beginning to present, a collectors guide, beautiful color photos of original Painted Ponies, artists, and events photos the feature the Painted Ponies all over the country.
    Author: Rod Barker
    Published by: The Trail of Painted Ponies
  • Artist of the West (2007)
    More about Artist of the West
    One of the artist featured in a collection of notable artists throughout the western United States. See page 80 - A beautiful hard cover book in color- 170 pages of artwork from notable artists throughout the western United States.

    Can be purchased for $35.00 plus shipping ( cost depending on state) by emailing me at:


    Author: Blagg, Bartholet, Blagg, Brown
    Published by: Skamania Mine Publishing
  • Ride the Sky (2007)
    More about Ride the Sky
    My original Painted Pony - "The Magical Swan" is featured on two pages of this charming book. - A charming and inspirational book filled with beautiful photos of original Painted Ponies with inspiring quotations that invite you to look for the rainbows in your life... each and every day.
    Author: Rod Barker
    Published by: The Trail of Painted Ponies
  • The Trail of Painted Ponies (2006)
    More about The Trail of Painted Ponies
    My winning pony - "Native Jewel" graces the cover of this new stunning collectors edition book - 2006 updated collectors edition book for The Trail of Painted Ponies
    Author: Rod Barker
    Published by: N/A
  • Wildlife Art - 60 Contemporary Masters & Their Work (2001)
    More about Wildlife Art - 60 Contemporary Masters & Their Work
    One of 60 artists featured in this beautiful book. - Beautiful full color book. Two full color pages of bio and artwork for artist.
    Author: Joan Muyskens Pursley
    Published by: Portfolio Press
Organization Membership:
  • The Nature Conservancy

  • National Wildlife Federation

  • Defenders of Wildlife

  • World Wildlife Fund



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