When we revamped the website and added this blog, Ryan had every intention of blogging. He wanted to share things - like what inspires him as an artist. Well, it turns out that he is not real inspired to write, and that’s okay. He designs amazing furniture, and that takes a lot of creativity.
I can draw stick people and those bubbly flowers, and that is the extent of my artistic abilities. Ryan, on the other hand, is truly amazing with only a pencil and piece of paper. You do not want him on your Pictionary team, however; he’s a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to art, and the game’s time constraint just doesn’t work well for him.
Over the years, it’s been intriguing to witness what inspires an artist. There are several times during our 10 year marriage that I vividly remember Ryan being motivated artistically by a specific experience. Most recently it was while we were attending the Yves St. Laurent exhibit at the Denver Art Museum.
He wasn’t overjoyed about going to this particular show. After all, fashion is not exactly Ryan’s forte, but being the dutiful husband, he tagged along. Surprisingly, he not only enjoyed the show, but was inspired by St. Laurent. While I fell in love with outfit after outfit, Ryan was intrigued by the artistry behind the designs.
Another time when I remember Ryan expressing inspired enthusiasm was on our honeymoon to jolly old England. Exploring castles and the English countryside was exciting to me as a writer, and Ryan as an artist.
Through the years, we’ve taken multiple trips to Santa Fe, New Mexico, a town that Ryan finds inspirational, not because he has a thing for southwestern art, but because it’s a laid back art community where many artists, especially on Canyon Road, are in house. Ryan’s medium may not be canvas or clay, but being able to chat with other artists about their work always leaves him with a renewed energy for his own art.
So now that you know what inspires Ryan Schlaefer, what inspires you?
Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer is co-owner of Ryan Schlaefer Fine Furniture, Inc. She is also a full-time freelance writer and founder of HeidiTown.com.