ST. GEORGE —On the green grass at Vernon Worthen Park is a white cabin, and what’s inside is unusual.
From animation to comic books, artist Ryan Bangerter is drawing fans to St. George Downtown Farmers Market by showcasing his designs on T-shirts, stickers and more. And all his inspiration started from one person – his mother, who also iis an artist in many genres, including painting, drawing and ceramics. He said that he has also taught art over the years of his career and that his talents inspired him to discover his artistic side at an early age.
“A lot of my art comes from things I love or have a strong connection with,” Bangerter told St. George News. “Some people who touched my heart in the past or whom I resemble.”
In high school, Bangerter said he participated in an outdoor arts program, where he studied various arts. The program helped him realize that he could turn his skills and passion for art into a full-time career. He graduated with a degree in multimedia from Salt Lake Community College and then attended Utah Valley University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in game design and animation.
After working for various animation companies, he moved from Northern Utah to St. George, where he worked as a photographer. Continuing to pursue his artistic dreams, he began selling his paintings in local markets on the side.
“All you can do is put it out into the universe and hope people like it,” he said.
His business, Ryan Bangerter Art, has been exhibited at many fairs and conventions in Southern Utah and Las Vegas. His “fixed” place is now St. George Downtown Farmers Market, where they offer art such as paintings, T-shirt designs and stickers. He said he plans to attend state conferences in California and Colorado next year.
“Starting my own technology business has been a difficult process,” Bangerter said. “Getting out of the 9-5 work environment and being able to realize that people like your art is probably the hardest part – getting the confidence you need to sell your stuff.”
But Bangerter’s narrative skills don’t end there. He is an aspiring writer who has just finished writing a picture book, complete with all his drawings.
The Young Adult Fantasy book, “Emy & Herald,” is based on a A girl named Emy who is bullied at school. They decide to get back at him by summoning a demon to destroy them, but what they find instead is a lesser man named Herald. The comic book is available for preview and may be buy here.
Although he currently creates artwork for a local company, Bangerter’s goal is to make a full-time career selling his art.
To purchase Bangerter’s contemporary art or to submit your own piece, visit him website or contact him Facebook, Instagramor TikTok. Shop for individual art every Saturday at Vernon Worhen Park on St. George Downtown Farmers Market.
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