Getting into spirit

I’m getting into the Halloween spirit with 100 Monsters all around me. 
A few of my favorites are hanging at the office, frightening all who pass by. Luckily, there’s no need to be afraid of these adorable monsters, reimagined from classical world mythology. 


You can catch all of the monsters in my downloadable book, 100 Monsters but I am Not Afraid. All copies include a Monstrous Encyclopedia with details on each creature. 


K Ryan Henisey is an award-winning, LA-area artists whose watercolor and mixed media works explore the human experience. Formerly a public school teacher, Ryan’s children themed works create a positive and kind environment for all using classic forms on digital channels. 

Portraits link the past and the present 

When they come, black booted and their sirens blazing, the community shuts its doors and draws its curtains tight. To the neighborhood, emergency sounds mean another black boy may die tonight.
On November 22, 2014, Tamir Rice was shot and killed by two police officers.

Tamir was in a park, with his toy gun. When the call was made to emergency services, Tamir was described as “a male sitting on a swing and pointing a gun at people,” “probably a juvenile.” Tamir was fired upon twice, fatally struck once in the torso. The investigation into Tamir’s death is ongoing but failures of justice and controversy surrounding police-involved deaths of other African American children has caused unrest in neighborhoods throughout the United States.

Tamir was 12 years old. This occurred in Cleveland, Ohio.

Hands up. Don’t shoot.


Parts of #BlueHolocaust are currently on display at Betti Ono Gallery as part of Viral: RK25, recalling 25 years of police brutality. The piece is six 20×20 watercolor and ink portraits in black frames. $7,200. Ten percent of the artists profits will be donated to support social justice in the US. 

K Ryan Henisey is a protest artist living in West Hollywood, California. His art often confronts violence faved by marginalized communities. 

Fine art in Fall colors 

Growing up in the high desert means you really only experience two seasons – hot and windy or cold and windy.
Spring and fall like to vacillate between the two, sometimes changing their temperament — and the temperature — in the course of an hour.

On this first day of fall, I’m reminded of those bygone days during the change of seasons. The wind is always fierce along the edge of the Mohave, but the gifts of the desert carry their own beauty.

Orange, yellow and pink are favorite colors. The desert likes to wear them in the early hours of the morning. Her blossoms blush in the vibrant hues, creating poppies and lupines among the sagebrush and chaparral.

The morning that inspired this painting, Sunrise Highway 138, I was driving to work from my brother’s farm. Being a school-teacher, I had created an intimate relationship with the dawn.

The sky was alive, reminiscent of the wildfires that rage through the region. Ahead, where it met the railroad tracks, the highway turned at a right angle. A train was slowly crossing the valley floor and the rising sun caught between the steel beams of the chugging cars.

For a moment, I was a boy again. The work was fresh and new. A great train stood before me and I was struck by the wonders of our time.

For just that moment — those infinitesimally short seconds — I felt a sense of awesome smallness within the universe. That feeling of being small connected me to the beam of light and I was myself and the train and the sun and the earth and all things. Then I blinked and the world was as it always is.

Sunrise Highway 138, is watercolor on 140lb cotton paper, six by nine inches. The original painting normally retails for $145 but is on sale for $75 through Fall 2016. Contact the artist directly at for purchase inquiries. Sale prices include shipping but exclude frames.


K Ryan Henisey is a fine artist who lives in West Hollywood, California. His protest works are currently on display at Betti Ono Gallery in Oakland and at the Kellogg Art Gallery at Cal Poly Pomona. An ongoing exhibition of Slumbering Sea is on display at the Newhall Aquarium in Santa Clarita.

Something neon, something new. 

Sometimes you just want to try something new — such as neon, PokemonGo, and snapchat! 
This is a little something I’m exploring. It’s a mix of old ideas and a little bit of a challenge with some new. What’s new in your life? Tell me in the comments. 

100 Monsters but I am not afraid

When I was a little boy, I suffered from nightmares. In my dreams, monsters would often chase me through the night or down seemingly endless corridors. 

I remember waking in the night, afraid and sweaty. Eventually, with a little guidance, I was able to create safe havens in my dreams. First was the hollowed tree (which always led to another world). Later, I was able to control and edit my dreams — a skill anyone can learn. 

100 Monsters is an exploration of fear and a declaration that there is no need to be afraid. This playful poem, fully illustrated with watercolor portraits of mythological monsters, is a delight for the whole family. 

100 Monsters and other sleepy time poems are available for download here