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Mexican Wolves by Andrew Denman
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"The Gathering"
16 x 24" Graphite & Nero Pencil on Crescent Watercolor Board, 2016
Mexican Wolves

Private Collection

"The Gathering" was a commission for a collector and friend in Arizona. She was interested in wolves, and while it's a wonderful animal, the idea presented something of a challenge. Early in my career, I had friends in Livermore, CA, with a beautiful timber wolf named Takai. Gary (one of the owners) is a very generous fellow and used to donate his time and Takai's presence for frequent educational appearances throughout the greater Bay Area, and he and his wife were more than happy to have artists like myself drop by their home. With perhaps one exception, every wolf I painted during the first ten years of my career was , in fact, this same wolf. When Takai passed away, I was left without a model. Fortunately both the Arizona-Sonora Desert Musuem in Tucson and the Living Desert in Palm Desert, CA, have Mexican Wolves. They're a bit different than timber wolves, but the larger problem was that photographing them in a zoo enclosure is much more limited than a one-on-one photo session with Takai. Fortunately, I was able to aquire just enough reference material to make "The Gathering" possible.

Welcome to the online home for artwork by Andrew Denman, a California –based, internationally recognized, award-winning contemporary wildlife artist. Denman primarily paints wildlife and animal subjects in a unique, hallmark style combining hyper-realism with stylization and abstraction. His dynamic and original acrylic paintings can be found in museum collections on two continents and in numerous private collections in the USA and abroad. His clear voice, unique vision, and commitment to constant artistic experimentation have positioned him on the forefront of an artistic vanguard of the best contemporary wildlife and animal painters working today.
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