"Ryan’s fascination with humankind and her intrinsic inclination to see beauty in every face and every body has gifted her with the rare ability to paint people vibrantly and provocatively. For Elsewhere, her focus is on the body and the undulating colors of the skin in light and shadow. The dancing hues are so luminous, you can almost feel the heat of the sun and the coolness of dusk. Ryan is fascinated by the coexistence of abstract and realism; thus, for this collection she has isolated the backgrounds into color blocks and blurred the personage of her subjects to juxtapose the realism of the bodies thereby drawing the viewer’s attention away from identity and directly to the figure. As with her portraiture, Ryan’s work for Elsewhere is stunning in its intriguing exploration of the intricacies of the human form."