Based in the Gers, France, Louis Ryan is a classical realist painter. He studied the sight size method at the Charles Cecil Studios in Florence.
This method, which he uses extensively, has as its principle the painting and drawing of images from life where the subject and image are placed side by side. The painter stands back from the subject and image and is able to see and compare both together at one glance and thus paint accurately and effectively. This simple method was used from the 18th century by many of the greatest portrait painters, such as Reynolds, Raeburn, Lawrence and Sargent. It enables the artist to view his work as a unified image and allows a broad handling that brings the picture into focus at a given distance.
Louis produces realistic paintings from life whether they are portraits, still lifes or landscapes. He believes that beauty can be found in the most mundane places and situations and aims to depict the world about him in all its wonder.