About Brandon Ringstad
Hello! Let me introduce myself, I am Brandon Ringstad.
I am a Christian in faith and love my community. By offering my time and knowledge about Marine Science, I create opportunities for adventure and discovery.
I am a Marine Biologist who loves traveling and studying anything that lives in water. I received my BS in Aquatics and Fishery Science with a minor in Marine Biology from the University of Washington. However, I am not just a scientist, I am also an artist. My focus is on wildlife, marine life, and general water themes. I use glitter, glass beads, and pearlescent paint in my original paintings to play with light. Lastly, I am an educator. I love making my audience stop and think for a few moments, and discover something new. My plan is not just to lecture at the audience. No, I include the audience and allow them to discover an answer for themselves. I also like supporting charities. Each month I support a charity that impacts my friends and family.
I was born and raised in the small town of Snohomish Washington. My Dad’s side of the family is Native Alaskan (Inupiaq)/Scandinavian. That side of the family brings the fishing and marine interest into who I am.
My Mom’s side of the family is German and French. Her side brings the teaching aspect into my life, which lead me to become an educator.
Both sides of my family influenced art into my life. Artists big and small are traced back for generations on all sides of my family. On my Dad’s side I am related to Herbie Nayokpuk (A world famous Iditarod racer and carver), the Late Byron Birdsall (A world famous landscape artist), and Susan Ringstad Emery (My aunt who focuses on the Inupiaq Culture). My Mom’s side may not have as many big names as my Dad’s side, but my mom encouraged art from a very early age.
Art, Business, and Achievements
In my YouTube channel, I demonstrate art, asking for audience participation with marine subjects. My channel name is: Brandon Ringstad: Nature Meets Paper (Thanks to my friend Elisabeth for the name idea). It is a bi-weekly series where I paint a marine subject in the video background while having the audience discover fun facts about that subject. I wish to go on adventures around the world to discover more fun facts and meet people in the world of marine biology. I am also a member of the Ocean Artists Society. We are a group of artists who raise awareness for the protection of our oceans and the animals that live in them. You can find out more at this link. www.oceanartistssociety.org
I am also a pretty big nerd, I am the product of the 90’s, what can I say? My love for Star Wars, Pokemon, Marvel, DC, Etc. defines who I am.
I was also a competitive swimmer in High School and College. Which makes me pretty competitive in nature. I am not the best public speaker in the world, but I try to improve my skills every day.
Thank you for taking the time to get to know me better. I hope this quick section helps you know who I am and where I come from.
Remember! I can only go as far as my community takes me. Please be an active member of my community as I grow in my talents and business.