Abbey Ryan (b. 1979) grew up near the beach in central New Jersey. In her early 20s, Abbey studied with David A. Leffel at the Art Students League of New York, and this experience, combined with her painting travels to Italy, France, The Netherlands, Greece, Cuba, Spain, South Korea, Brazil, Chile, and the UK, continues to have a great impact on her work. Abbey completed undergraduate work in both science and art at Arcadia University and post-graduate work at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She received her MFA in Painting from Hunter College/CUNY in 2007. In her classical still life and trompe l’oeil painting, Abbey is interested in women’s voices in realism, the Golden Ratio, Robert Lax’s poetry, the Japanese aesthetic “wabi sabi”, and Dutch Golden Age painting. Through her blog, Abbey’s work is in over sixteen hundred private, public, and museum collections on six continents. Her larger works are represented by Gleason Fine Art, Boothbay Harbor, ME; and Mason Fine Art, Atlanta, GA. Abbey’s paintings have been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine; Seth Godin’s “Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?”; Artists and Illustrators, American Art Collector, Plein Air magazine, and Fine Art Connoisseur. She lives and works in Philadelphia.