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Paul Ryker grew up in Hamilton, Montana with a pencil in one hand and an eraser in the other drawing attack planes, cars, and funny looking characters. He took art classes through high school and college, acquired his BA in Visual Art, and has studied in Europe and studios in Encinitas, California.

Paul participates in several art organizations. He submits paintings to local art organizations in surrounding communities, and volunteers as a director in a local community art organization. He has been invited to judge several shows, and demonstrate techniques for the San Diego Portrait Society, Ramona Art Guild, Escondido Art Association, among others. He is also a member of several painting organizations, including the Oil Painters of America. He has won many awards for his paintings. Paul lives in Escondido with his wife, Michelle, and their dog.