About Stephanie Ryan
Stephanie Ryan is a watercolor artist, born in Ontario, Canada. She migrated northwest in the the mid-90’s originally working in remote British Columbia as a tree planter, and relocated further north to the Yukon in 1997 after finishing her degree in Environmental and Natural Resource Studies at Trent University. Stephanie was drawn to the rivers, mountains, wild open expanses, sense of exploration, and community of the North. These same characteristics are what continue to inspire her artwork.
Stephanie met her husband while working on the Chilkoot Trail in the coastal mountains of Alaska Southeast, and currently lives in Skagway where in 2020 she opened a small art gallery, Boreal Artworks. Stephanie hopes her paintings bring light and happiness to people, while also drawing attention and inspiration to conserve those places that need it most.
“I am so thankful to have had many unique and inspiring work and adventure opportunities in both local and wild locations! Exploring a trail or coastal beach with our pup Daagi, touring a friends’ newly planted garden, or embarking on a weeks long expedition – all bring so much joy in the element of a connection and shared experience of something special. I’m hoping we get to meet you and share a story sometime – I say ‘we’ as you often will find me accompanied an absolutely incredible, witty, and joyful person (my husband, Aric 🙂 that is helping make my life as an artist more than I could ever imagine. We hope to see you out on the trail, in the mountains, on a river or wherever our paths should meet! Thank you for visiting my website!”
- Local Skagway Adventures! 2020. West Creek, Upper Dewey Lake, Dyea, White Pass, Yakutania Point and the new Lower Dewey Lake Trail system (thank you Skagway Municipality Trail Crew!)
- Upper Alsek River. 2019. Rafted down the Alsek River to stunning iceberg-filled Lowell Lake! Noted changes in water levels from glacial event on the Kaskawulsh River – more water volume in the Alsek!
- The Yukon River! 2019. Paddled the Yukon River Quest with an amazing team of awesome strong women – The Wild Irises! Whitehorse to Dawson City. Inspiring scenes in all parts of the day & night, both real and imagined!
- Franklin River, Tasmania. 2019. Packrafting in the Franklin/Gordon Rivers area, a gorgeous, unique and once threatened, now protected watershed in western Tasmania
- Gilbeau Pass, Brooks Range, Alaska. 2018. iLCP~The Great Migration, documenting the annual migration of the Porcupine Caribou Herd to help raise awareness to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
- Artist In Residence, Sea Wolf Adventures. 2018. Travelled from Poulsbo, WA to Juneau, AK aboard the Sea Wolf on Alaska’s Inside Passage as an artist in residence. A truly unique and inspiring experience exploring the hidden coves and less-travelled regions of the wild coast of BC and Alaska! Thank you for this opportunity Kimber and Sea Wolf crew!
- Perito Moreno National Park, Argentina. 2018. Trail building project in Patagonian Stepp region of southern Argentina. Daily hiking commute with views of snowy cerro San Lorenzo and icy teal waters of Lago Belgrano
- Hulahula River, Alaska. 2017. Hiked from north of Arctic Village over Brooks Range and packrafted to Kaktovik, Alaska.
- Donjek River, Kluane National Park, Yukon. 2017. Hiked and packrafted the Donjek via Boch’s Creek/Duke River/Big Horn Creek
- Tombstone Mountains, Yukon. 2016. One of the best northern lights shows we have ever seen! Mt Monolith and the Tombstone Mountains lit up by hours of incredible spiraling northern lights
- Peel River Watershed (Snake River 2011, Wind River 2012), Northern Yukon. Paddling & creating artwork with conservation group (and friends 🙂 to raise awareness and support for the protection of the Peel River Watershed in Northern Yukon
Why do I love living in the North?
The pace of life, the amazing, friendly, diverse, energizing people that visit and live here, the huge inspiring landscape, the midnight sun and the restful dark winters, the delicious wild foods, and that there is always somewhere new to explore.
I am part of an amazing community of northern artists and own a small gallery in Skagway called Boreal Artworks. I work on Saunders Waterford 300lb Cold Press watercolour paper and use Greenleaf & Blueberry, Winsor & Newton, Schmincke and Daniel Smith artist watercolours.