About My Work

I am a contemporary figurative studio artist interested in exploring human relationships, identity, family systems, social norms/rules, and trauma.  My approach stems from deeply personal experiences/events that then become layered, literally and metaphorically, with increasingly more universal themes. These layered themes are often depicted as narratives that are somehow disrupted; disrupted by other narratives, ideas, images, visual languages and concepts. Realism and ambiguity collide in my work, as do storylines, creating an amalgam of imagery that hopefully challenges the viewer to look at common situations and ideas differently, and to question accepted positions, assumptions, and structures of thinking.

I am a professional studio artist and Professor of Art in Drawing and Painting at California State University-Fresno 

http://www.fresnostate.edu/artshum/artanddesign/faculty-staff/stephanieryan.html

Stephanie demonstrating inking with a wide brush during figure drawing class. Photo credits Richard Iyall.