Escape Artist: Russell Chatham

The greatest living landscape painter in the country grew up hunting quail and ducks and rabbits. He's spent countless hours waist-deep in trout streams. He's caught tens of thousands of striped bass—one a world record. Perhaps that's why Russell Chatham is the master of painting the places where sportsmen love to be.

Russell Chatham explores the legend of Ted Trueblood, an expert hunter, fisherman, woodsman, conservationist and writer. The man was so shrouded in mystery that "it was not uncommon for readers to write to ... Field & Stream, where [Trueblood] wrote a column each month for forty-one years, suggesting that a team of ghost writers was responsible for his work."

Here are 25 of his best works. All paintings courtesy of Russell Chatham.