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This image is a modern representation of Ah Puch, also called The Destroyer, the Mayan god of death. It is said that he only appears at night and takes the form of a putrefying corpse. He wears an owl's head, ties bells to his hair, and wears a necklace made from the eye balls of his victims. Some believe that an owl's screech warns of his imminent arrival and the certain death of his next victim.
Adventure Artist Ryan Bitinis was born in Clovis, New Mexico and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, but is now based out of Southern California. He earned a Bachelors of Fine Art in Illustration from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California and a Masters of Fine Art from California College of the Arts in San Francisco, California. He has been working as a freelance illustrator and commissioned painter since 2008. Whether working in the studio or in the outdoors, Ryan brings adventure to everything he does. Many of his landscapes were painted on site and involved long hikes and steep cliffs, "Do Not Enter" signs, rattle snakes, sun burn, and the occasional blizzard. But Ryan prefers to view Nature as an ally and uses whatever she throws at him as inspiration to work harder. Ryan is a member of the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles and the Foundation of Local Artists in Southern California
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