Growing up in Arkansas' Ozark Mountains, Ryan Mays developed an intense appreciation for wildlife and figurative subjects. He attended Hendrix College in central Arkansas and graduated with a degree in Fine Art. After college, Ryan went to work with the accomplished sculptor Hank Kaminsky in Fayetteville, Arkansas. This provided a priceless opportunity for real, hands on experience in the methods and materials of sculpture in clay, plaster, caste stone and bronze. Kaminsky also provided an excellent foundation for high standards in figurative sculpture.
In 2001, Ryan moved with his wife to her hometown of Montpelier, Vermont. Ryan found steady sculpture work in the local granite industry, which happens to have a long, rich tradition of representational sculpture, and still supports a number of highly skilled professional sculptors. Ryan has worked with and learned from several local masters and again benefitted from the opportunity to jump into the "nuts and bolts" of creating enduring art from an idea. Over the course of the last ten years Ryan has completed a steady stream of projects, covering a wide range of materials, scale and subject matter.