from a dad's view


I am a simple man that has been blessed with so much. I met my wife in High School and it has been a blessing for 20+ years. We have two wonderful daughters, one in College and other in High School. I grew up in a small southern Indiana town, in a Christian home with conservative values, but didn’t live accordingly during my younger years. With a odd mix of being a Art Director/graphic artist, being a self taught (with the help of a great high school art teacher) fine artist, and one who loves the outdoors including hunting and fishing. I hope my blog brings a mix of fun, politics, life and family for interesting thought provoking interaction.

A blog meant to hurt no one, possibly help some, and written with unfortunate poor grammar skills (Sorry).

74 responses

  1. I don’t know if I’m much for thought provoking topics but I am very impressed with your artwork and will be back.

    September 11, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    • asmalltowndad

      Thanks for visiting Leslie, I try to mix my blog with entertainment, passion and thought. As a artist I see fantasy and beauty, but I’m also a realist in life knowing that not only is there love and beautybut world and family issues that are very important to address. I’m not always right, but it’s always straight from the heart and honest.
      Thanks again for visiting and I do hope you’ll visit again.

      September 12, 2009 at 5:13 am

  2. Hey man – I love your work – what skill – thanks for the note on my desert painting – Stephen

    September 30, 2009 at 9:17 am

  3. siovhinn

    Thank you for the beautiful comment you left – I am very proud of both my daughters. I must say your art work is fantastic and I loved reading your blog. I will favorite it, so I can visit again and again and again.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Keep smiling


    October 15, 2009 at 8:41 am

    • Thank you for your comment and I’m glad you took the time to visit my blog. I also have two daughters 19 and 15 and very proud of them both. They can create headaches, but well worth it all.

      October 15, 2009 at 8:47 am

  4. Hey, man. Thanks for dropping by my blog!

    I love the stuff you put in yours. Will check back soon 🙂

    October 29, 2009 at 12:46 am

  5. Thank you very much for stopping by my blog and the lovely comment….that I don’t deserve at all! You’re too nice ^_^

    November 4, 2009 at 8:37 am

  6. Hi,
    thank you for your comment on my blog. I had to visit your blog and I really like it a lot! I love to read your stories 🙂 Great artwork !!!

    November 4, 2009 at 8:20 pm

  7. Thanks for visiting my blog. I’ll be a regular visitor here! Lovely, lovely watercolors…

    November 10, 2009 at 10:29 am

    • Thank you, and I’ll be visiting your blog as well.

      November 10, 2009 at 12:37 pm

  8. Thanks for the blog visit. You do some nice work!

    November 20, 2009 at 11:01 am

    • Thanks Ralph, I hope you return, as I will yours.

      November 20, 2009 at 11:04 am

  9. Greetings. Love your Zebra. It’s intense with that direct head on close up quality.

    January 5, 2010 at 7:19 pm

  10. Your paintings and drawings are lovely – refined and executed with love and skill (in that order). I am so happy I visited your blog. You have given me the push to get back to it that I need occasionally. Thank you for sharing.

    January 11, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    • Thank you Linda for visiting, and leaving such kind words. Coming from an artist that does such beautiful paintings means a lot. I love to be inspired, so to hear that I may inspire others is a wonderful feeling. I hoped to have something new soon and hope that you visit again as I will to your blog.

      January 11, 2010 at 7:18 pm

  11. lisasartjournal

    Your paintings are amazing! I’ll be checking in regularly!

    January 20, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    • Thank you Lisa,
      As you can see by my header that I love the ocean, everything about it. Your paintings of the Gaga fish and other sea life are incredible. I’ll visit often!

      January 20, 2010 at 12:44 pm

  12. Richard McNaughton

    Just realized I should be making comments here.
    Great work hope to keep in touch.

    January 21, 2010 at 6:49 pm

  13. Fee

    Fantastic work. Realism is something I struggle with and you seem to be able to just draw it out of the paper. I look forward to seeing more =)

    January 22, 2010 at 6:32 am

  14. thanks so much for the link, i’m going there next.

    God is faithful!


    March 26, 2010 at 1:02 pm

  15. dariaelisabeth

    I could tell you all the time how much i love your artwork – I am soooo impressed! hope you will never stop drawing, painting and creating! Your artwork let me dream and sinking in thoughts and dreams ! tahnk you for that!
    all the best and very nice greetings to you and your family from germany,

    April 24, 2010 at 1:00 am

    • Your so kind, and thank you for the compliments. I enjoy painting art that makes people feel good or let their imagination wonder, so keep dreaming and I will keep painting!

      April 24, 2010 at 6:23 am

  16. hi ryan,

    we share the same name though it is my second name. anyway, i am into painting and inclined more into the abstract painting. i think you will also be interested to see my friend jeques’s and pablo’s artworks. theyre on my blogroll.

    by the way, the painting i have seen so far had elicited my admiration. continue doing great art.


    April 25, 2010 at 10:16 am

  17. Simone E.

    Thanks so much for putting up your artwork here – it’s really beautiful.

    May 3, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    • Thank you Sim, and welcome to my blog. I will be looking for your children’s book in the near future!

      May 4, 2010 at 4:18 am

  18. I enjoy reading your blog and looking at your artwork.
    I’m an artist’s wife and our blog is currently overrun with news of our ‘adopted’ ducklings rather than paintings. But there is some artwork in there … somewhere 😉

    July 16, 2010 at 6:10 am

  19. katrina berg

    Thanks for your comments on the wba, your work is very inspiring, good to have met you!

    September 10, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    • Thank you for your comments and for visiting!

      September 10, 2010 at 12:36 pm

  20. Jeffrey Smith

    I saw your work at the library the other day and it inspired me to get off my own butt and get my work out there. I am booked for next August. So thank you for the motivation to get back to creating and sharing my work with others. I enjoy your work. Thanks for sharing.

    December 10, 2010 at 12:03 pm

  21. Hi,
    Thank you for stopping in on my blog.
    I’ve been browsing your blog and do plan on coming back to see more. If fact I think I’ll just subscribe to keep up.
    Have a Blessed day.

    January 6, 2011 at 7:45 am

    • I’m glad you have stopped in for a visit. I enjoyed your blog and will visit often and thank you for the blessing (I can always use it)

      January 8, 2011 at 5:39 pm

  22. Wow, quite a site! Your work is amazing. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I have a long way to go as an artist , but, like your daughter, am one with my camera and love to write. Your homeless piece was very powerful. Margie

    January 31, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    • Thank you LateBloomer!
      And thank you for visiting my blog, I’m just sorry that a writer as yourself has to put up with my very poor grammer. I love to write, but I should have listened a lot better during my english snd grammer classes. but it’s to late for that! Thanks

      January 31, 2011 at 4:25 pm

  23. Gina Jääskeläinen

    Hi small town dad,

    You are making brilliant art!

    Wondering if you have a subscribe to via email button somewhere on your site. I’ll try ticking the box below and see if I can keep up with you there.

    Lots of wishes,


    March 8, 2011 at 7:32 am

    • Thank you Gina for visiting and for such a wonderful, kind comment. I just added a subscribe button at the bottom. Thank you again!

      March 8, 2011 at 7:43 am

  24. Thank you for your visit and comment on my blog. Your work is beautiful and inspiring!

    April 27, 2011 at 5:10 pm

  25. Bijeet

    Your Article

    A Big Smile, Strength, Contagious Energy… and Cancer
    October 6, 2010

    The Bigest truth that life is Ironical.But I think that God/coinscidence has made you meet that woman Who is still in love with god/self .As they say in cristianity “LOVE YOURSELF AS GOD LOVES YOU”.

    This is/was a life time oppertunity that you will never be repeated in your lifetime.

    This is also a wonder that a person who stays in INDIA red your article.

    So you got two reasons to celebrate LIFE.

    Can you Make Poatrait Of that Woman In the Manner and Attitude You have Described by you might be this poatrait brings Joy to someone Else.



    May 7, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    • Life should be a celebration at all times whether a male or female, because it is so fragile and can be lost at any moment. Thank you for the kind words, and may your life be a celebration.

      May 8, 2011 at 6:09 pm

  26. Thanks for stopping by and comment on my blog. Glad you did because I’m so impressed by your artwork, I subscribed your blog. Look forward to seeing more. 🙂

    June 15, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    • Thank you Emily and welcome to my blog!
      I enjoyed your photos and blog, I’ll be back to visit often.

      June 16, 2011 at 8:11 am

  27. Tracy Roberts

    Found your blog from the Murray Humane Society Silent Auction. I am amazed. Do you sell any of your pieces? I would love to hang one of them in my office. I work at Murray State. If your daughter attends here, let her know that we’re here to hel if she needs anything.

    Thanks for sharing your work!

    June 29, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    • Thank you and welcome to my blog,
      Most of my paintings are for sell or for charity, if you are interested in any on the blog or a custom painting, please contact me through my email. I guarantee my work
      and will not sell anything that I or the customer isn’t completely happy with.
      My daughter is in her third year this year and will be graduating with a bachelors degree. You work for an amazingly, student loving University, that I would recommend to anyone. Thanks again!

      June 30, 2011 at 7:05 am

  28. BETH S


    July 15, 2011 at 2:55 pm

  29. I’m a self tought artist as well with a passion for what I do
    It’s just soo great to be able to share with the others out there our own personal style in writting, painting and in photos
    have a nice day

    January 17, 2012 at 6:05 am

  30. This is great artwork!
    I am trying out watercolor myself, but it can sometimes be hard, and I am interested in your painting technique.
    How did you learn to paint?

    Thanks for sharing your work!

    January 20, 2012 at 10:21 am

    • Thank you for visiting and your kind comment. I am a self taught artist, by watching others and experimenting is how I have learned but school would have helped greatly. I used acrylics through high school and with in the last 3 years learned watercolors. Watercolors can be tricky especially if you have painted with oils or acrylics prior. I usually begin with the background on all my painting, but with watercolors you have to mask out or avoid foreground because of their transparency. My biggest headache is getting a rich look and yet not make the colors muddy. Because I have never taken classes everything I do may be wrong in technic, but it’s all I know. And like other watercolorist would say is to avoid over working an area. I’m not sure if I can help you much, but if you have any specific questions contact me at

      January 20, 2012 at 10:51 am

  31. Thanks of liking my post. Your artwork is really beautiful. Thanks for sharing them.

    February 17, 2012 at 3:13 pm

  32. Aaron Rowe

    thanks for liking the post. I lovew your pen and watercolor work. Its so interesting to find the people out there that are doing similar work to yours.

    April 12, 2012 at 8:39 am

  33. Hi! I love your blog, I love your art. I nominated you for the VIBA award. In order to get it, you have to write 7 things about yourself that people don’t know & then nominate 5 of your favorite blogs! Go to my homepage, you should see the award there…take it!
    Amy (

    May 17, 2012 at 7:01 am

    • Thank you, and you are so deserving of the award for your blog. I’m going to visit soon when I get time and really go through each section. Thanks

      May 17, 2012 at 10:18 am

  34. Hello, my name is Jodie Walton. I would love to feature this drawing for a native American heritage Month Calendar I am designing for Liberty University (Lynchburg, VA). This calendar WILL NOT be sold, but simply handed out to students, to encourage them to attend events over the course of the month. Please get back to me ASAP and let me know if this is something that can happen. Great work!

    July 16, 2012 at 10:35 am

    • Hey Jodie,
      I have no problem with you using this as long as it’s for good reasons and non-profit. Have a good one!

      July 16, 2012 at 10:52 am

  35. Hi a small town dad: thank you for checking out my blog, I really appreciate that you liked my latest posting. I spent some time in your gallery – you have a nice art portolfio and it was a pleasure browsing through. I’ll be following your blog because it touches on many interesting topics and I want to continue seeing any new paintings!

    August 10, 2012 at 10:44 am

  36. Very nice watercolors.

    October 18, 2012 at 4:54 pm

  37. I’ve nominated you for Tell Me About Yourself Award .It would be an honor if you choose to accept it. You can check it out at:

    October 31, 2012 at 9:06 pm

  38. sarah

    hey sorry to bother you but it would be really great if I could have your full name, I am doing a peice on dandilions in school for art and im very much influenced by your work on the flower.

    November 17, 2012 at 11:55 am

    • thanks for your comment and my name is Ryan Hayes

      November 17, 2012 at 7:16 pm

  39. JOEB

    How do I buy some of your artwork?

    April 26, 2014 at 12:11 am

  40. I enjoyed looking at your artwork. Are you in Florida now, or still in Indiana? I am looking forward to seeing more of your work. Thank you for stopping by my blog!

    August 29, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    • I’m in Indiana, but hopefully soon to go south! Thank you for the comment and kind words

      September 2, 2014 at 7:28 am

  41. Pleased to meet you.

    March 24, 2015 at 5:49 am

  42. Monique

    Hello. Back in April 2012 you were sketching my 2 year old daughter on the beach of Panama City Beach.I was curious if you were ever able to finish that drawing? Would love to hear from you. Later that year I was able to purchase a condo in Pcb so we spend much time there. Thank you!
    Monique Outzen

    April 9, 2015 at 7:53 am

    • Hello Monique, I tried to get to to you the next day or so and you had already left. I have painted so many but I’m pretty sure this is the one that I still might have. If she had little ruffles on a pink suit, along with a white hat. I will email a photo of it to see if this is the one.
      I’m thrilled that you have contacted me because I fail to get peoples addresses while painting on the beach sometimes.

      May 13, 2015 at 1:04 pm

  43. Lisa

    Just found your blog. “Wow” doesn’t cover it. As a student painter, I understand the time and skill required to produce such beautifuly pieces. You are truly inspirational. Keep up the good work.

    August 5, 2015 at 11:37 am

  44. Wow! Your watercolors are amazing!! Found you via Eli’s link (Simple Thoughts About LIfe & Stuff). I would LOVE to feature your work, your site, etc on my site at! You can send me a note via the Let’s Connect link there if you’re interested. (hope so!! 😉

    September 29, 2015 at 10:27 am

  45. Jolee Miller

    Is the Night Time Winter Barn scene still available

    November 2, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    • Unfortunately this painting is no longer available. I will be updated all that are sold as well as placing new painting in the gallery. Thank you for visiting and I hope that you visit as well. Please come back and as I go full time into the art world and shows, the site should stay updated. Thank you

      November 3, 2015 at 1:22 pm

  46. L. Brady

    is the Another Barn still available?

    November 19, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    • I’m sorry but that painting has been sold. I’m trying to update my web but due to recent heart surgery I haven’t had the time or energy. Please come back soon for new updated paintings. I do have an original framed 24″x30″ watercolor barn that will be going to a show this weekend that will be priced at $300.
      I’ll try to upload a photo tonight or send it email if interested.

      November 19, 2015 at 5:17 pm

  47. Ame

    Great artwork. Why dont u showcase your talent on youtube. I will love to learn from you,

    August 6, 2017 at 6:28 am

    • Thank you Ame!
      Due to heart surgery, moving and preparing for art shows in Florida and southern states, I’ve been to busy to do much with my blog or social media. Now that we are settling, I hope to do more tutorials and revamping Facebook, blogs and YouTube soon.
      Thanks again for the kind comments and visiting and I hope to post things soon.

      August 6, 2017 at 9:32 am

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