Tom Ryan III was born in Abilene, Texas, the grandson and namesake of the well-known Western artist, Tom Ryan. Ryan III’s artistic talent was heavily influenced by cowboy tradition, as well as by his family, particularly his grandfather.
Ryan III has a sincere and deep-rooted dedication to his work. Seeking to enhance his portrayals of the hard working life of the true American cowboy, Ryan III has gone on cattle drives and round-ups during his visits at the famous 6666 Ranch. Continuing in his grandfather’s legacy of classical cowboy realism, Ryan III has trained under plein-air painter Joe Pacquet (who was taught by Dumond) and classical realists Pete Bougie nad Brian Lewis (who work in the style of Jean Leon Jerome).
His grandfather, who has been teaching and critiquing Ryan III, has encouraged him in his drawing and painting from life. At five years of age, Ryan attempted to recreate the masterpieces of his grandfather. Today, he creates his own.
Reference: communication with the artist