Ryan started very young in origami at age of 5. Moving into painting and photography during school set the artistic direction. He learned working creatively with wood, metal and plastic with his father in the business of custom remodeling and handcrafted playgrounds. While helping in the family business, he continued painting and moved into ceramics during college and, then transitioned to sculpture. Ryan started working in aluminum, later in bronze, and ultimately found the everlasting properties of stainless steel with its brilliant reflection to suit my needs. In 2002, he formed Rykan Expedition, Inc. and started combining landscaping, water fountains and outdoor sculpture. Then launched Schmidt Gallerie Inc in 2012 at his hometown Little Rock, Arkansas showing all his sculptures exclusively. His thoughts go toward brilliant, organic and transformational art. Movement is an important aspect of the overall form. His focus is more on monumental public sculpture with atmospheric reflections of environment, movement of the clouds, sky and the ever changing seasons. This reflection is portrayed in through the sculptures and received by the viewer for inspirational thoughts and healing.