Raised in Las Vegas but nurtured in the rolling hills of Virginia, Ryan Harding realized his affinity for art at a young age. His early career flourished in the Shenandoah Valley with Six Regional Gold Key awards, ultimately culminating in a National Gold Key awarded by the Scholastic Arts in Carnegie Hall. After high school, Ryan chose to pursue a serious art career and attended Maryland Institute College of Art for one year before realizing that his talents needs a more personal focus. His intentions to a major in Fine Arts were overshadowed by his need to step beyond the classroom and soak in the studios of working artists. His sketches matured with swaths of color when art became an intimate medium as he apprenticed under Caleb O’Connor. The two stepped through the front doors of Tuscaloosa’s new Federal Courthouse with immortalizing brush strokes, painting a region’s vibrant history within its judicial halls. Upon completion of the sixteen murals Ryan returned to Virginia to work on his own art, aspiring to imbue the same dedication and technique he has learned along the way.