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Kelby never doubted the focus of his life, from childhood, his interest in nature, particularly fish, was enthusiastic and comprehensive, due to the many trips to the river with his father. Kelby has observed, sketched and painted animals since he can remember, and it has translated into first hand knowledge of his subjects, which he transforms into exacting detail for his clients, Field & Stream, Outdoor Life and National Geographic.
Kelby has taken the next step and created a full line of wildlife art. With the same exacting detail, the artwork conveys a sense of inner vitality that makes them more the mere paintings; they place the viewer into a particular living moment.