We had the good fortune of connecting with Ryan Beardslee and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ryan, what is the most important factor behind your success?
I would say the biggest part of my quick success with trying to sell paintings was quickly realizing you can go in with a game plan but also at any given moment you need to be able to attack the same goal from a different angle you can’t get frustrated when something doesn’t work out like you planned that’s just life instead take a step back and reevaluate it think of a creative way you can still get the same outcome. My biggest thing was trying to get my artwork and commercial buildings public areas which was hard so I focused on building a clientele for paintings off of individual people that I knew for years through my Barber shop once I got that flowing the money was coming in very good so I was able to pull from my profit and walk into restaurants or department stores and offer them a one time free piece of my artwork. It was an overall win-win for everybody I still made out from a total profit for the week it’s a small investment for the possibility of a big outcome with having your work in public by the company because receiving it for free they are not tied to it in anyway so it left me in a situation where I felt like there was less pressure. And it worked out I ended up doing two free pieces for a restaurant which technically only cost me a little over $100 out of pocket but that has now led into being commissioned to do a huge piece of artwork for them that will cost them around $3000 for me to complete it.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I think things can be achieved whether you force them or it happens organically both are completely different journeys to a similar end result but mine happened organically I think what sets me apart is I didn’t really know I could paint or had a passion for painting until I turned 30 years old. So once I found out for the first time in my life I had a real creative outlet from October until December I had done 136 paintings most of them being sold in about half of those being commission. It’s hard to explain but I couldn’t stop painting I just became obsessed with creating stuff. And because I did not grow up technically pursuing this type of work my art ranges from figures of people graffiti abstract style changes with every day that passes

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would say anyone visiting hast to have a beach day so I would split it up maybe go somewhere more low-key like Malibu enjoy the scenic route and then spend the other day at Venice Beach to people watch and buy some stuff and at night time maybe go to the Château Marmont for dinner and drinks

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate my shout out to my mom. She had purchased me an art set with acrylic and oil paints along with canvases and miscellaneous tools. That gift sat in a closet for months. I only stumbled upon it after I had been blindsided by a break up. I use my idle time to paint and since October 2021. I’ve done over 200 paintings and have artwork in different countries and a handful of different states. “ ain’t a woman alive that could take my mommas place”

Instagram: Ryan_Beardslee

Image Credits
Instagram :@Euphoric_vision Photographer :Reno Meringer

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