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Hello! I’m Ryan Conners, a self-taught cat folk artist from California. (Currently in NW PA) I have six beautiful cats, Joaquin, Wally, Willow, Stevie, Rosebud, and the semi-feral girl Lily!

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I started painting in 2003, a few years after leaving the U.S. Navy where I was an IT (I fixed computers) and moving back to the U.S. from Iceland. I always loved art but aside from teaching myself to create art in Illustrator, Lightwave, 3D Studio Max, and Photoshop, I hadn’t really painted with traditional mediums. It was at my Mother’s suggestion that I buy some paints and paintbrushes and see what I could do. So I started painting what I loved, cats! Here we are 16 years later and I’m still painting what I love. =^..^=

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Thank you so much for stopping by and looking at my artwork. I love to hear from my fans and if there are any cats or themes you’d like me to paint, just send me a message and I’ll do my best to incorporate your ideas into my paintings!

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I am a published photographer, but I see photography as a hobby that helps keep my family entertained while we’re living in a very small town. I use my trusty little Canon t1i (500D) with mainly my 50mm 1.4 lens and my 100mm 2.8L lens.

All art and photographs Copyright © Ryan Conners. Do not use without permission. For Profit painting “classes” are restricted from using my artwork.

20 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Ryan! I just wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the “Sunshine Award”. The “Sunshine Award” is awarded to bloggers who “light up the dark corners of our minds” and “positively and creatively inspire others in the blogoshphere”
    You can follow through at this link: http://wp.me/p2HDfs-Cj
    Keep up the awesome work! 🙂

  2. Your creative and colourful cat paintings are so beautiful. Fascinated me. But also your own cats too, I loved them all. You are so creative, Thank you, love, nia

  3. Hi, just noticed your request not to use your cat paintings without permission so wondered if it is okay to reblog? I am doing a Halloween theme this month and would like to highlight your wonderful cat art on my blog if that’s okay.

  4. Hi Ryan – I am an elementary art teacher and know my kids would love your work, as I have just newly stumbled across it myself! Are you comfortable with me making your art into a little lesson for my 6th graders? I would show your work and your name and then have them make an animal with an accessory…. it would not be to look just like yours, but to be inspired by it. Your pictures are so happy and feel good- I just love them! I am planing to buy one for my wall at home as well, but still deciding between a few! Thank you for sharing your amazing work with all of us!! And please let me know if you have any problems or questions about me introducing a lesson! Thanks! 🙂

  5. I love your paintings. I love cats. They are my favorite animal. I had cats most of my life until I got hurt in an accident and I live at an assisted living place. We cannot have pets here. But there is a stray cat that visits.

  6. Hi Ryan,

    I see that another art teacher already asked this, but I would love to show my third graders your artwork! We would do a project inspired by your work- not copying it. Would it be okay if I used some photos of your work in the lesson? I know they will love your cats!

    Thanks,
    Ms. G

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