What is described as second nature, Ryan Kirby’s  work found him at a very young age.  While many believe they are destined to choose a craft in life, painting naturally chose Ryan when he first began painting wild animals from around the family farm.

His work caught my eye via The National Wild Turkey Federation’s Facebook page and I have been enamoured ever since.  Scroll below to see what I mean:

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See & Be Seen was painted in the heart of the Florida spring turkey season and was used on the cover of the March 2015 Fur-Fish-Game

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Painted during a moose hunt on the Hogatza River in Alaska.

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The first art piece to grace the cover of Outdoor Life magazine in over 20 years, the publication also produced a video documenting the process of the project that is definitely worth the watch.

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If you look closely you will see the hunter in the background of this painting.  This might be my favorite one, illustrating perfectly how easily some of these bruiser bucks can give even the most seasoned hunters “the slip”.

To view Ryan Kirby’s complete collection, learn more about him or purchase his work, be sure to wander on over to ryankirbyart.com