Rick Kelley's art is a visual journal of his life travels, experiences, philosophies and adventures. Every creation evokes a fond memory that Rick admires, preserves, and respects.
Rick's approach is to capture the emotion in each animal, whether it is the serenity of the loon, the majesty of the bald eagle, or the stealth power of the gray wolf. These visions and strong emotions coupled with Kelley's scientifically, historically, and proportionately correct images have made him a nationally recognized and critically acclaimed wildlife artist.
Rick began his quest to be an artist out of a love for nature at the early age of ten. He continued to paint through school, and after graduation Kelley took advantage of his father's transfer to Montana. There he used Montana's beauty as a backdrop and inspiration for his work. After studying at Eastern Montana University, Rick set out on his own. Less than ten years later in 1980, he began painting professionally — full time.
An avid outdoorsman and naturalist, Rick Kelley donates much of his artwork to conservation fund-raising efforts and other charitable organizations. To date, over $12 million has been raised in Kelley print sales for Ducks Unlimited, a non-profit wildlife organization. "Ducks Unlimited is an outstanding organization that is impressive in their dedication to protecting wildlife and natural habitats. It is an honor to have my art work supporting such a worthy cause," said Kelley.
Today, Kelley publishes his own work through the company he and his wife own, Kelley Fine Art Publishing. It is this venue that affords Rick the opportunity to paint from his emotion, and create images that truly depict the beauty and mood of nature.