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16 x 16"
Acrylic on Cradled Board
Collection of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
This piece will be available from The Arizona-Sonora Desert Musuem's Ironwood Gallery during the Colors of Cabo Pulmo, running from January 20th through April 8th, 2018. Interested parties should contact the venue directly at (520) 883-3024. Visit the gallery online by clicking
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There is always a bit of excitement for “bird people” such as I upon seeing something unusual, a moment when it is almost believable and entirely enjoyable to convince oneself one might have discovered a new species. That’s how I felt upon observing this bird and finding it absent from a wealth of field guides and several experts from the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum suitably stumped. The mystery, however, was soon solved when we identified this fellow as the Grey Thrasher or Cuitlacoche Gris in Spanish (Toxostoma cinereum). It is not an uncommon bird in Cabo Pulmo itself, but it is endemic only to the Baja Peninsula of Western Mexico, which explains why it was so difficult to identify. I followed a single pair of these lovely birds endlessly through the thorny scrub near the coastal dunes, observing them as they hopped about in the branches of bursera trees, perched atop cacti, and dove into the undergrowth to hunt for insects. I ultimately chose to paint a single bird in the first rays of early morning light against a pale, grey-dawn sky, relying on the bold network of bare branches to anchor the composition.
I'm very honored that the ASDM has purchased this piece for their Vanishing Circles Collection months before the show has even opened. This is an important collection of work by a broad range of artists who showcase the imperilled plants and animals of the greater Sonoran Desert region in their work.
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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