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Ryan Lynch

  • 59 Golden Hinde Blvd, San Rafael, CA 94903, USA

Studio Information

Building Name

Creatives By The Bay Shared Studio

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About The Artist

Artist Statement

My work explores the emotive power of light and color, drawing inspiration from the electric energy of live music performances, theater, and cinematography. By incorporating abstracted real-world lighting into my paintings, I aim to create a visceral, immersive experience for the viewer. Through bold brushstrokes, dynamic compositions, and a vibrant color palette, I strive to evoke the same feelings of euphoria, passion, and energy that one might feel while dancing wildly to your favorite song or relating to an emotionally driven scene from a revered film.

I’m in love with bright colors (hello, neon!) and how they make me feel alive, free, bold, and audacious. I love that color can brighten my mood and positively affect the day. I also love a good rainbow – because who doesn’t? I draw inspiration from patterns in nature, scared geometry, prisms, the mise en scene of Stanley Kubrick films, the female abstract expressionists Lee Krasner and Joan Mitchell, and my long-time love of street art. My paintings are intuitive, full of emotion, sometimes moody, sometimes impulsive without a clear focal point, like a liminal space or a song on repeat, swirling around in your head that you woke up singing. You know, the ones…

But the unifying elements are BOLD, value-driven color palettes, and I use these elements to start conversations. These conversations lead to ongoing dialogues within my pieces, which lead to broader stories. Having worked in the film industry for the past fifteen years, storytelling is my life’s breath. However, since I’ve been blessed with a chronic illness now for the last three years since contracting Covid in July 2020, I’ve reevaluated how I want to express myself and spend my time, and part of my healing journey I’ve found is staying in the present moment as much as possible, like when I’m painting and dancing. A flow state. A dancing state. Time slows to a halt. You can’t wipe that ridiculous smile off your face. The past and future are inconsequential. Both are moments of EVER PRESENCE, and you feel liberated. Pain-free.


I hope my paintings inspire viewers to connect with their emotions and find joy, healing, and inspiration in the beauty of light, color, and geometry. Now get out there and dance, you silly fools! xx


Storytelling and art are like oxygen and water, necessities that nourish my curiosity and fuel my investigations into the human spirit. I’m fascinated with immersive worlds and finding new ways to tell stories and how to express them visually and/or experientially. My films, stories, and art often use magical elements, saturated colors, and light as a vehicle for subconscious thought, as there is something so extraordinary about the human experience on all levels of consciousness. There is so much magic in the world if you know where to look.

I spent an incredible decade working in Pixar’s Story and Creative Development departments on Academy Award-winning films such as Brave, Ratatouille, Toy Story and Cars shorts, a fantastic visual storytelling education with deep mentorship in creative producing, empathic artist management, and cross-departmental collaboration.

As a painter, I channel in-the-moment emotions and also the interconnectedness I’ve felt when expanding consciousness through meditation and altered states. Flow states are my happy place of discovery and release. I received my BFA in Fine Art/Painting from the University of Colorado at Denver and my MFA in Film Directing/Animation from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. I currently live in Mill Valley with three generations of family; our pomsky, Disco, and Coco the cat.

Art Medium(s)

Acrylic Paint, Mixed Media

Group Studio Details

Creatives By The Bay Shared Studio | 59 Golden Hinde Blvd. San Rafael

May 4th & 5th. |  FIRST WEEKEND ONLY

Six members of the Creatives by the Bay couldn’t be more excited to exhibit together in one place during Marin Open Studios. From atmospheric to abstract, painterly to contemporary, this diverse collection offers a glimpse of our individual inspirations and journeys. The work ranges in size from very large canvases (6’ plus) to smaller works on paper and birch panels framed and ready to hang. Come find the perfect Mother’s Day gift!


Ryan Lynch Fine Art Studio  |  740 Edgewood Ave. Mill Valley

May 11th & 12th  |  SECOND WEEKEND ONLY 

My own studio will be open! Go on a hike and come by for a visit!

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M.F.A. (Master of Fine Art) Animation/Film Directing; Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA 2008


B.F.A. (Bachelor of Fine Art) Fine Art/Painting; University of Colorado at Denver, Denver, CO; 2003

B.A. (Bachelor of Art) Environmental Biology; University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO; 2001


Open late April to Mid May, 2024
May 4-5 & 11-12, 2024

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