Although there is security in a full-time job that consistently brings home a paycheck, some people cannot ignore the itch that pulls them from the business world into the creative realm. Ryan Greiner is one of those people. After boldly walking away from a career in banking that had provided for Greiner’s family for approximately ten years, Never Wonder Studio was created.
In the very beginning, Never Wonder Studio started out solely as beautiful, abstract paintings on wood cut-outs shaped like our beloved Great Lakes State. However, considering how time consuming and elaborate these wooden cut-outs were, Greiner decided to brainstorm something that was just as stunning, but much more obtainable for the general public. At this point Greiner went with a secret preoccupation that he had held for years; stickers. As a long-time collector, Greiner has always had ideation of selling stickers, even before life as a banker. Now, he has the best of both worlds; he creates the stickers he sells.
Greiner alluded to what can only be described as “joyful shock” over how this all started out as a blog: a blog detailing how Greiner, his wife, and son wanted to set goals and chase dreams. The reason behind the blog was to hold themselves accountable for the things they wanted to do. Considering the whole world could have access to this blog, the Greiner family couldn’t back out of goals that were published. Perhaps one of the most enjoyable and endearing aspects of Never Wonder Studio is that Greiner had never painted before starting this endeavor just over a year ago. He felt the urge to paint, so his wife, Stephanie, purchased him a canvas and some tubes of paint. What was meant to be a fun and relaxing activity turned into a career change, something no one expected.
While Greiner creates paintings and stickers like the ones pictured here and on his website, he is always excited to create custom pieces as well. Greiner is currently working with several fly shops to create a custom fish sticker. In addition, he just recently finished a large, custom piece for a manager at a local surf shop in Traverse City to use as an inlay for his custom-built surfboard. In addition, he has recently created a Florida sticker and has plans to produce stickers that represent many other states.
Greiner’s work can be ordered online. His paintings can be found at the M22 store on Front Street, and his stickers can be found at many different retail locations. He wants his work to be accessible to everyone, therefore keeps his prices relatively low. The Michigan design is sold for $149 and the all-weather stickers range from $5-$8. Contact him directly for more information or if you want a piece of custom work done. Greiner is very open and loves to try out new ideas.
Have you seen any of Greiner’s work? Which design do you like best?