O’Ryan McGowan-Arrowroot does not know what he wants to be when he grows up. His whole life has been spent drawing, traveling, performing, creating, and most of the time enjoying life. He considers himself an illustrator, circus performer, visual artist, father, and all around nice guy.
As a performer, he is whatever the situation calls for; a shy yet clumsy mime, a costumed statue on the street, or a boisterous show off with a suitcase full of props. O’Ryan loves to entertain and is always learning new tricks and skills to make every performance better than the last.
As an illustrator, O’Ryan has created art for a slew of grassroots campaigns, small businesses, and independent publications. He makes his art both digitally and by hand using pencils, pens, gouache, oils, printmaking, and whatever else he can get his hands on. He has recently illustrated a children’s picture book entitled “Saving Annie’s Mountain,” written by a group of students in West Virginia, and is currently working on his own, entitled, “Jelly.”
In addition to illustration, O’Ryan has found a love for creating shadow boxes, paintings, and jewelry. His shadow boxes are cut and assembled from wood, found frames, old photos, fabric, and any number of lost ephemera that he has collected over the years. Applying as many mediums as possible, these boxes contain paintings, prints and original jewelry in a three dimensional world full of nostalgia and wonder.
O’Ryan currently lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with his partner, child, and a few stinky cats.