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"The Defender" Canvas Print

"The Defender" Canvas Print

Canvas Print
Canvas Print
Regular price $199
Regular price $199 Sale price $199
250 Signed and Numbered Canvas Prints
Print Size:
18" x 24"
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One of my favorite paintings to date, I painted this elk in preparation for the Southeastern Wildlife Expo. The reference photo came from John Hafner and from the very first brushstroke, I could tell this painting was going to turn out well. I just had a good feeling about it. 

I shifted my underpainting color to a much cooler blue, and for that matter shifted my entire color palette to match the sage and cool blue of the distant, early morning mountains. I added the short dip in the distant skyline in the upper right corner towards the end of the painting to give the piece some breathing room and a sense of atmosphere as the mountains drop back into the distance. The painting was a hit at the show, looked good in a frame, and sold on the second day. 

The piece was selected into the 2015 Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's Premiere Art Program. Proceeds from the sale of this print at RMEF banquets across the country have helped to fund vitally important conservation efforts for the future of elk and their habitat.

This limited edition print of  "The Defender" is available unframed or in one of our three hand-selected frame options. Unframed prints will ship rolled in one our custom shipping triangles. They can be stretched and displayed as a gallery wrap, or stretched and framed with a standard 18"x24" frame, both of which can be completed at your local frame shop. Framed prints arrive with hanging hardware pre-installed and ready to hang on the wall. 


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When you purchase from Ryan Kirby, you get more than a piece to hang on your wall. You get the Ryan Kirby Experience, which starts when you place your order.

All orders are carefully packaged in our Boone, NC, studio. Our unframed prints come professionally rolled with protective tissue paper and plastic wrap to prevent bending and tearing. When your package hits your doorstep, you’ll know it’s from Ryan Kirby by the XX+ original wildlife sketches donning the shipping tube. Canvas prints can be purchased framed or unframed. Original oil paintings include quality framing chosen by Ryan and are custom crated to ensure safe transit.

Purchasing art should be an experience, and we ensure quality from the time you place your order to when you hang it in your home, office, cabin, or man cave.


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