Stephanie Ryan, sweet small steps that turn into one huge leap!

Welcome to the beautiful world of Stephanie Ryan! I have absolutely loved Stephanie’s work and aesthetic since the moment I met her. Her painting technique is uniquely her own and she works in one of my favorite mediums, watercolor!  Stephanie’s story of resilience, a long term illness, is truly an inspiration. She shares how she took up watercolor while she was sick in bed because she just had to create something beautiful. Wow! That type of drive and inner spirit is going to take her places beyond what she can imagine – I just know it! Her work is beautiful and her spirit is as well. She shares sweet pieces of her spirit on her active blog.  Keep an eye on her, she is one to watch! Tune in to her story, it will inspire you too!

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  • Great interview Stephanie and Monica!

    I have the pleasure of knowing Stephanie and she is as inspiring here as she is in person. Her art truly touches me. I love her story and her bravery. Meeting and listening to Stephanie makes you feel as if you can do anything. You are so right Monica, she is one to watch!

  • Wonderful! So inspiring! Thank you for giving me a real boost this morning. 🙂

  • Stephanie is an amazing person. I am SO glad you interviewed her! I agree with you Monica she is destined for great things. Stephanie, Go Go Go!!! 😀 😀 We are cheering!!

    • Monica Lee

      That is the sweetest thing to say, Kathy!!

  • Isn’t Stephanie great!
    Having a zig zag journey myself, I love to hear about full circle moments and that really nothing is wasted. BRAVO Stephanie!
    Thanks again Monica!

  • What a great interview with such a strong woman. You’ve inspired me today!

  • Awesome interview and I am so amazed at the beauty of the story and what Steph has overcome and how HARD she has worked to make it happen. Very cool.

    Thanks for the great interview (again!)

    • Monica Lee

      Christine! Thank you for watching. It is hard work, right? But worth it when people send such love!

  • What a fabulous interview and the power of art to heal. I love her work and it’s exciting to see how Etsy helped Stephanie be “discovered” by a licensing company. Very inspiring!

  • Thank you everyone for your sweet comments, it means so much to me. Big hugs to all of you! Isn’t Monica the best!!!!

  • Allison Simpkins

    Wonderful interview! Stephanie- so glad to see your hard work is paying off and your dreams are coming true….one small sweet step at a time!

  • Great interview with my Guardian angel from Surtex! I just love Stephanie, she is an inspiration and her work is absolutely gorgeous. Congrats to her with all the new and wonderful happenings with her art.

    Stephanie helped me get a licensing partnership while at the Surtex show. She does make you feel like you can do anything. She gave me a push and I followed through and will be forever grateful to her for it!! Love her, she is “magic”.

  • This was an awesome interview, Monica. I met Stephanie at SURTEX and when I saw her art it was love at first sight. Knowing her story is amazing, she is a woman to watch, indeed and I am so happy she lives close to my son and I will meet her in a few weeks. So excited!!!. I have learned a lot from this interview and you Monica made it so gracious and enjoyable. Thanks for sharing so many great stories!!

    • Monica Lee

      Thank you so much for saying that. Love at first site-that is great way of putting it and I am sure what every artist wants to hear!

  • Loved hearing the interview Monica and Stephanie! Stephanie, your story is such a beautiful one and is so very inspiring to others to keep on pursuing a passion and a dream. Loved it and love your work!

  • Hi Monica and Stephanie! Oh I just couldn’t wait till I could sit down and enjoy your interview. Needless to say I sure wasn’t disappointed. What a great and uplifting interview. Thank you so much for sharing such a personal story Stephanie. Your work is truly beautiful also, I adore the pink flowers.
    Happy days to you!

  • As always, I am overwhelmed by the responses. Thank you all so much for saying such sweet things, my heart is full. Thanks.

  • It’s really inspiring when someone in a difficult situation is able to use that dark place and create something wonderful from it. Stephanie definitely has amazing talent. Her watercolours are gorgeous.

  • Linda (aka Mom- in-law)


    Wonderful, fantastic interview!! It has been a pleasure seeing your success in all you have done. We are all so proud of you! Can’t wait to see what is next.


  • Thanks Mom!!!!

  • Lisa (AKA- sister)

    I am so proud of you sis! What a fabulous interview!!! I can’t wait for the excitement of the fabric debut! You are truly blessed to have such an incredible talent!

  • What an inspiration you are, Stephanie! I loved watching this interview and hearing how you’ve progressed as an artist. Your personality is as sweet and serene as your beautiful watercolors. You’ve encouraged me to hang in there and just keep painting. Thank you, Monica, for another great interview!

  • Eva

    I’m so glad I took the time to watch this interview, truly inspiring! Love your artwork!

  • jill greer

    Can anyone tell me why I am having so much trouble trying to watch the videos. They don’t seem to be downloading correctly. They start and stop all the way through. I am not sure why. Any suggestions what I can do?