Ryan S. Brown received his BFA in illustration from Brigham Young University in 2002. In 2003 Ryan studied drawing at the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy, after which he opened his own drawing school, the Classical Drawing Academy, which operated from 2003-06. From 2004-2006 Ryan also taught at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art, BYU, and Utah Valley University. In 2007 Ryan returned to Florence to finish his painting studies, graduating in 2008. Ryan won “Painting of the Year” and the President’s Award his final year at the FAA. Upon his return from Florence in 2008, Ryan opened the Center for Academic Study & Naturalist Painting (CAS). This school has received Art Renewal approval and more information can be found at www.cas-utah.com or at www.artrenewal.org. Students at the CAS have won top awards in the ARC Scholarship competition and the Alpine Fellowship. Ryan has won top honors in the Stacey Scholarship, Art Renewal Center Scholarship and has won an Award of Exceptional Merit in the 2010 Portrait Society of America competition. He has had numerous articles published on his work in American Artist Magazine, American Art Collector Magazine, International Artist Magazine, The Artist’s Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, Art of the West and Southwest Art Magazine. Ryan’s work can be seen at S. R. Brennen Galleries and Astoria Fine Art.