RyAnn Morris has been an artist for all of her adult life. The images of everyday life that she captures have changed mediums over the years, from oil to clay to film to digital, but the aim of her art has stayed true. She rediscovers the beauty of her subjects, taking unexpected paths to deconstruct their exterior and build it back from the inside out.
After attending a fine arts college in Minneapolis, RyAnn set out on her own in the mid-90s as an independent artist. Her early work captured the frosty landscapes of the upper Midwest, portraying their simplicity with unexpected subjects illuminating their surroundings.
Moving to Seattle in the early 2000s, RyAnn went back to school at the Art Institute of Seattle and returned to some of her early roots of studio photography. The resulting images brought her work into the realm of fashion photography and fine art still-life photography. She took to fashion photography and interweaved her fine art background in her work, resulting in a series of intriguing self-portraits and increasingly critical studio portraits.
RyAnn's marriage and the birth of her daughter drew out the gentler side of her artistic vision, resulting in her work lilting back to some of her fine art beginnings and finding the focus of her artistic eye resting on the peculiar beauty in nature and in the classic still-life. In addition, her daughter's lovely, guileless laugh colored RyAnn's artistic vision, resulting in several series focusing on the colors and patterns found in her own garden and surroundings. Each photograph and painting teases the presence of her daughter's playful laughter, just off camera.
RyAnn, with her husband and daughter, lives in Seattle, WA, where she continues to tend to her garden.