I went to Dan Ryan’s show a month or so back — conveniently held a block from our home — and really loved some of his paintings. His use of blacks and other darker colors was what really drew me in. The way he depicted nature was something I haven’t really seen from other artists in Toronto . The two of us had a funny conversation about someone asking him if his paintings would appreciate in value. I told him he should have responded with, ‘Yes, they will you fucking idiot. Now hand over your money’. I hope to own one of his paintings in the next week or so.