Finding Light In The Darkest Places

My journey as an artist has always been led by my need for emotional expression.

I was simply born with a huge imagination and the never ending desire to create and express myself through any form of art. As a child, I loved to construct extravagant fictitious realities in my mind and write them into stories or scribble the details into my sketchbook. 

Once I got older, reality shattered my nieve imagination and I would then turn to art as a means to escape the mundane routine and return to my secret garden of childlike imagination.

Spring is only a season and the flowers I paint represent life's most beautiful moments in bloom. Just like flowers, moments can not last forever. However, my work serves as a reminder to take pause and open your eyes to see the world anew, a season of change as if you are once again a child. Live in your curiosity, linger to smell the roses and indulge every moment.


-Ryley James


A series of abstract expression using acrylic and oil paints to create art that expresses my truest inner thoughts. This collection is driven and inspired by my ADHD, depression and anxiety. This series exhibits my most authentic self - "Tiny petals" reflects my sassy & bright personality, my safe place and an outlet to express my deepest emotions through movement and colour.


This collection was painted to the sound of Mahler's Symphony No. 9, due to the story behind the music. Mahler's Symphony No. 9 depicts his struggle between "hope and despair, meaning and chaos, joy and resignation in the face of his own death" -Ben Zander 

The music resonated with the emotions I was feeling during this time in my life and helped me to express my feelings through movement & texture.


The "Secret Garden" Collection is created to encourage you to take pause and look beyond the surface of what you see. Explore the secrets that are hidden to the naked eye. Take a moment to question your reality and see beyond your own limitations.


I have always been someone who craves knowledge and values education. I have the desire to continuously be challenged to grow in every aspect of my life, which is why I had interest in attempting digital art and illustrations to be able to further my skills & career as an artist. I enjoy creating digital art that reflects a minimalist style, but also enjoy the opportunity to dive back into realism illustrations. Previous to becoming a painter, I mainly enjoyed pen or pencil realism illustrations and before flowers, I would draw women's faces.


Painting on a larger scale has always been a preference of my style, but I wanted to offer original artwork at a more affordable price range, so I decided to create a series of mini paintings on both canvas and bristol paper.