BAYarts teacher Ryan Finley makes it big

Ryan Finley draws recognizable figures from "Star Wars" movies. His art was recently included in Topps trading card packs.

Lakewood artist Ryan Finley is more than just a casual fan of "Star Wars." The sci-fi series has always captivated him and is a prevalent theme of his pop-culture inspired artwork. 

After submitting artwork from "The Last Jedi" to Topps, the trading card company included this accomplished artist in their recent batches of trading cards. The packs contain a collection of art from several artists, and the inclusion is a high achievement. 

"Thank you to everyone who has supported my passion in one way or another," the illustrator tweeted this December, alongside hashtags that included #MayTheForceBeWithYou and #DreamsComeTrue.

Finley teaches a wide range of kids classes at BAYarts (on current themes of "Frozen," "Harry Potter" and "Teen Titans Go!") listed on, and sells his art in both local and online shops. You can find more details at One thing can be sure, he's now added the accolade of "Topps Trading Card Artist" to his resume. 

Topps "Star Wars" trading cards are available at Target. 

Jessica Stockdale

Jessica Stockdale is the Marketing Manager at BAYarts.

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 9:35 AM, 01.09.2018