Artist Bio or Statement / Bio de l’artiste ou la déclaration
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Ryan Douglas Jacque is an award winning professional artist. His artwork, created exclusively in graphite pencil in the realism style, has been juried into numerous prestigious exhibitions around the US and Canada. Ryan’s work has appeared in magazines and periodicals and even on beer bottles from one of his favorite local breweries! Ryan’s portrait of internationally celebrated wildlife artist Robert Bateman was gifted to Mr. Bateman in 2013. Mr. Bateman had it enlarged and it is on permanent display at The Robert Bateman Centre in Victoria, BC. Ryan is a member of The Society of Animal Artists and The Pencil Art Society. In June, 2016 Ryan received the designation of Master Pencil Artist from The Pencil Art Society. Ryan is a native of Western Massachusetts where he still resides.
My mother used to say that I could draw to scale before I was in first grade. Although I don’t remember that, I do remember drawing at a very young age….dinosaurs, sharks, birds, animals of all kinds were among my favorite subjects. To this day I love to draw birds and animals in their natural habitat along with pretty much anything that has to do with nature. Roger Tory Peterson and Louis Agassiz Fuertes were early favorites of mine. More than 35 years ago, I may have been the only local kid my age with his own copy of Peterson’s “Field Guide to Birds of America”. I spent a lot of time walking in the fields behind my grandparents’ house in Amherst, Massachusetts. I think that experience had a great influence on how I see the textures and layers that are so prevalent in nature. It often comes through in my work as I try to recreate dimension in a stone wall or the bark of a tree or falling leaves.
As an artist, I believe working in pencil is not like working with color. The pencil shows everything in values while the color is only reflected in the tone of paper I use. I rely on my ability and imagination to create depth and texture and to come up with an interesting composition for each original and commission portrait. My goal is the same all the time in that my pencil artwork ends up looking both realistic and representational, while still being a beautiful work of art that a client or collector wants to show. In short, whether I am creating an original work in nature or doing a commission portrait of a person or horse or dog for one of my clients, I strive to make my work the best possible representation of my talent.