Herbert Dickens Ryman was born in 1910 in Vernon, Illinois. He was attending Millikin University when he became deathly ill with scarlet fever at the age of nineteen. His mother opposed his artistic ambitions and wanted him to pursue a medical degree. But as his sickness worsened, she told him that he could attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Herbert career spanned more than fifty years as a master artist, production designer, art director and illustrator. In 1939, Ryman joined Walt Disney and was the first artist to draw designs for Walt Disney World, Epcot Center, and Disneyland’s around the world. He became the quintessential Disney artist. Although busy with his career, he never stopped creating his own personal artwork. Ryman produced thousands of fine artworks with acrylics, pencil sketches, oils and watercolors.
Herbert Ryman was revered among his colleagues for his creative talent and generosity, until the day he died in 1989.