The Luther Automotive Group

Technician by day, artist by night

Motorcycle pro surprises with sculptures, drawings
Thelen’s art creations take many forms, from elaborate carved faces on pumpkins, to portraits and other items.

Thelen’s art creations take many forms, from elaborate carved faces on pumpkins, to portraits and other items.

When Powersports technician Ryan Thelen first brought a sculpted pumpkin to work, people thought it was plastic.  Then they touched it.

Thelen creates 3-D effects using pottery sculpting tools.  A carving contest on television spawned the idea.  On his first try, he spent two hours with a wire type tool which he handled like a paint brush.

pumpkin1-web“The pumpkins he carves are crazy good,” said receptionist Trish Bauman at Luther Honda of St. Cloud.  Thelen said picking a good carving location is important, because it takes longer to clean the chunks and shavings from a kitchen floor.  Pumpkins need to be kept moist, and spoil in about a week, turning white.  One was displayed at a credit union.  One of the best parts, he said, is the pumpkin guts are left intact.  “You don’t have to clean out all that gunk.”

The technician also enjoys drawing and air brushing, and has designed bookcovers for an area author.  He’ll often use pencils of different colors.  “I took pretty much any art class I could,” he said.

Thelen spent four hours drawing a portrait of his son.  “You keep adding more and more details.  You have to kind of cut yourself off and tell yourself you’re done.”

Whether it’s the dealership or friends, if someone brings up an art project he’s always willing.  “I will try it and give my best, that’s for sure.”  The young man has also established himself in cycle maintenance and repair, starting in 1999.

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