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|State of origin:||AZ|
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Born near Tucson, Arizona, Jack Van Ryder was a traditional Western painter, etcher, illustrator and writer, who, at age eleven ran away from home and got a job on a Nevada ranch as a cattle hand. In 1926 while looking for another line of work, Van Ryder was hired by a Hollywood studio to do stage props. It was at this time that he decided to take up art. Even though he was self-taught, Van Ryder did receive some instruction from Charles Russell when he was in Montana. Typical subjects for Van Ryder are desert landscapes and ranch life, especially of the Tucson area where he was a rancher. He also did illustration for Literary Digest.