Dale Ryan was born in
1975 in Southern Harbour, Placentia Bay. His youthful and
refreshing perspective on his home province is very apparent in his
artwork. By illustrating some of Newfoundland's most renowned
traditions and customs, like "pond hockey" or the annual
ritual of "mummering" at Christmastime, Dale Ryan celebrates
his early youth as only he remembers.
As a self-taught artist,
he has honed his talent since he was six years old. In May of
1999, Dale painted "Fresh Snow", his first commercial venture
in art reproduction. Building on the response of his first
artwork, Dale completed "Full of Cheer" in May of 2000, his
first limited edition print. In September of 2000, the very
popular "The Original Six" went into reproduction along with
"Charlie's Stage". "The Original Six"
celebrates the young rural Newfoundlander and their dedication to the
wonderful game of pond hockey. "Charlie's Stage" is
Ryan's first venture into scenic outport Newfoundland and it illustrates
this province's strong attachment to fishing and the sea.
2007, Dale launched Anchor Island Adventures, a children's book
publishing company. As an author and illustrator, he published his first
book in the series titled "Nathan and Friends".