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16 x 12"
Acrylic on Cradled Board, 2015
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I can think of few animals less often seen but more often talked about than the mountain lion. Perhaps itís our grim fascination with death and danger in general, or perhaps the mountain lion is just an easy target to embody those fears, but itís impossible to deny just how much terror these animals can inspire when one so much as wanders through a residential neighborhood. No one need be harmed or even menaced for every alarm bell to be raised. If itís lucky the animal is tranquilized and relocated, but more often it is simply shot and killed. There have only been a total of twenty confirmed fatal mountain lion attacks on humans between 1890 and 2011, yet paranoia is high. As human beings expand their range, bisecting the large territories these animals need to hunt for food, it is only natural that we will encounter them more and more frequently. This is particularly true in states like California, where hunting cougars is now illegal and the populations are on the upswing. People all over the world have lived alongside dangerous wildlife of all kinds; surely our tract homes and expensive cars do not exempt us from sharing our domain with another hunter and treating it with the healthy respect it deserves, rather than reactionary fear. Iíve spent time with a mountain lion in captivity and remain in deep admiration of these noble predators, but I am even more fortunate to have had a glimpse of one in the wild. It was very brief, and I was far enough away to be in no danger, but itís a sight I will never forget, and that I truly hope future generations will have an opportunity to see. It is my sincere hope that, with increased awareness, education, and habitat conservation, prospects will being ďLooking UpĒ for the mountain lion.
Welcome to the online home for artwork by Andrew Denman, a California Ėbased, 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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