S T. GEORGE –High up in the undulating green grass in Vernon Worthen Park sits a white cabin, and what’s in it is anything but ordinary.
From cartoon animations to graphic novels, artist Ryan Bangerter is drawing fans at the downtown St. George Farmers Market by displaying his designs on t-shirts, stickers and more. And all his inspiration began with a single person: his mother, whom he alsos an artist in many forms, including painting, drawing, and ceramics. She said that she also taught art for most of her career and her talents inspired him to discover her artistic side at a young age.
“A lot of my art comes from things I like or have a strong connection to,” Bangerter told the St. George News. “Certain characters that have had an emotional impact on me in the past or with whom I identify.”
In high school, Bangerter said she participated in an off-campus art program, where she learned various forms of art. The program helped him realize that he could turn his talent and passion for art into a full-time career. He then graduated with a degree in multimedia from Salt Lake Community College and then attended Utah Valley University where he received a bachelor’s degree in game design and animation.
After working for various animation companies, he moved from northern Utah to St. George, where he worked as a screen print artist. Continuing his own artistic dreams, she began selling his designs at local markets on the sidelines.
“All you can do is put it out there and hope people like it,” he said.
His business, Ryan Bangerter Art, has been displayed at many markets and conventions in southern Utah and Las Vegas. His “permanent” location is now the downtown St. George Farmers Market, where he offers art in the form of prints, t-shirt designs, and stickers. He said he plans to expand to conventions in California and Colorado next year.
“Starting my own art business has been a tough road,” Bangerter said. “Getting out of the normal 9 to 5 work environment and being able to realize that people really like your art is probably the hardest step: getting the confidence you need to sell your stuff.”
But Bangerter’s art of expression doesn’t stop there. He is also an aspiring author who has just finished writing a graphic novel, complete with artwork from him.
The young adult fantasy novel, “Emy & Herald,” is based on a a young woman named Emy who is bullied at school. She decides to seek revenge on her by summoning a demon to destroy them, but what she gets in her place is a little imp named Herald. The comic is available for pre-order and can be bought here.
While she currently does freelance graphic design for a local company, Bangerter’s goal is to create a full-time career selling her own art.
To purchase current Bangerter artwork or to order your own, visit their website or contact him at Facebook, instagrameither Tik Tok. Shop for art in person every Saturday at Vernon Worthen Park during the downtown St. George Farmers Market.
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