Holiday Gift Ideas

It seems like everyone is getting into the holiday spirit early this year. If you’re in that mode and are interested in purchasing original art, cards or prints for the holidays, here is everything you need to know.  

New for 2020

New for this year, I’m offering gift certificates. Gift certificates can be used towards any original art, prints or cards that are purchased directly from me. They are not able to be used for purchases through the Garrett County Arts Council, Fine Art America or independent retailers.

Western Maryland

My hand-signed greeting cards can be purchased at the Garrett County Arts Council.

I also have some original art, prints and cards on display at the gift shop inside Penn Alps, next to Spruce Forest Artisan Village in Grantsville.   

Online Purchases

Original art

Browse original art at my Artwork Archive gallery.

Please get in touch at rhyonke@gmail.com if you’re thinking about a purchase for the holidays.  We will be shipping original art out the week of December 7th, so plan now if you’d like to have something in time for gift giving. 

Trout Prints

These trout prints make a great gift for your favorite angler or outdoors-person.

Fine Art America

Much of my work is now posted at my Fine Art America site, and all of it is available for purchase in prints and cards. 

Prints

The high quality prints come in up to 15 different sizes and you can customize them with hundreds of mat and framing options.  The site allows you to sort through a variety of mats and frames, previewing your image with your selected choices.  The prints also arrive framed with the supplies that you will need to mount them onto your wall.  

Cards

While all of the images are available to print as cards, I set up a Christmas Card gallery, featuring cards like “Santa”, for easier holiday card browsing.   The card size is 5″x 7″ and they include a white envelope.  You can imprint a custom message inside the card, which I think is a nice feature.   When you click on the greeting card, make sure you choose the drop down box to indicate your quantity of cards, as the price drastically reduces the more cards that you buy. 

You can find information regarding Fine Art America shipping here.  As with any holiday gift, I would recommend you get started with your plans sooner rather than later. 

Other fun products.

Fine Art America also offers other fun ideas for gifting like phone cases, yoga mats and tote bags.

Thank you in advance if you’re considering a purchase.  It is always an honor and I appreciate your business. 

Christmas Night Star

A Tour of Ireland

In the early 2000s, the Queen Bee and I took a couple of trips to Ireland. Both trips involved biking, music, and art. Petunia took a more recent trip last summer. Since I had created a series of art around my trips, she thought it was pretty cool to finally get to see some of the places that I painted for herself.

It’s March! What better time to take a virtual tour of Ireland?

We thought it would be fun to take you on a virtual tour of our collective trips using my paintings along with some of her photos.

Her trip started in Galway, so we’ll start there.

If you’ve never been to Galway, it is a lively university town. While it’s lighter on attractions compared to some other cities, its charm is its ambiance. Walking the medieval streets of Galway is an experience unto itself. There is music everywhere, the streets, the pubs, the churches, you name it. My impression of Galway is captured here with Galway Band.

Below are some photos from Petunia’s 2019 trip to Galway.

Don’t try this!
Spend the night and you’ll have the place almost to yourself.

Here are some more tips from Petunia…

In Galway, stay at Petra House. It’s close enough to walk to the Galway city center, but far enough away from the pubs to avoid the late-night noise. Frank and Joan are great hosts.

Take a walking tour with Liam Silke. You can sign up at the Galway Tourist Information Centre on Forster Street.

If you can walk, do as much of it as you can. This town is full of interesting sights.

Up Next…Doolin

Win Five Artist Greeting Cards

In case you missed it, I sent out an email newsletter last week. In it, there is a trivia question. The first person to send me an email at rhyonke@gmail.com with the accurate answer wins these cards.

I’m still waiting for a winner!

Here’s the link to the newsletter if you want to give it a shot.

There’s no catch. Be the first one to answer the question, and we send you these cards, hand signed by me, at no cost to you!

Lowcountry Inspiration

This year, the family gathered on Hilton Head Island to celebrate Christmas. The first part of the week was rainy, as much of the southeast was right before the holiday. Thankfully, the second half of the week cleared up, and we were able to get some beach and golf time in.

This area of the country has provided a lot of subject matter from my paintings, from coastal scenes to wildlife and working boats.

Lowcountry Shrimpers
Morning Walk

To view more of my work, visit my complete gallery.

Rivers and Roads

In this artist statement, I explain how my love for waterways started back when I was a boy, and my father would take me with him to the Pittsburgh wharves during his truck deliveries.  I came across some old photos depicting that period in time.   In this first photo, if you look closely, you’ll see the river and some working boats in the back.   I also find the old trucks pretty interesting.