Whilst at mainstream school, Ryan completed an art class project based on the theme of doors. He took a series of photographs of doors in the old town of Downpatrick, concentrating on details such as doorknobs, fanlights and bellpushes.
He loved studying Klimt too, whose propensity of wearing dresses and no underpants proved particularly interesting. Gaudi’s amazing stained glass, strange windows and doors also fascinated Ryan.
His work includes rubbings, watercolour pencil drawings, string pictures and mosaics – much of it based on an old doorknob and night bell Ryan photographed. His pencil drawing ‘Downpatrick Doorway’ based on an ancient door, was subsequently used as a Christmas card and having got a new camera this Christmas, he now joins his two passions, art and Jaguar cars by taking photos at his local car dealers for a future photographic project.
Other eclectic loves include Sonic the Hedgehog, digging the garden and mowing the grass. Then there’s music – it’s a passion for Ryan that means he never ventures out without his iPod, a back-up mp3 player and extra headphones, just in case. If sausages, potato bread and chocolate cake can also be part of the mix, that’s just about perfect.