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Ringneck Pheasant by Andrew Denman
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"Ringneck Pheasant Study #2"
10 x 13" Mixed Media on Watercolor Board

Ringneck Pheasant

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Ringneck Pheasants, though originally native to Asia, are a common sight along England’s hedge-lined, tree mantled lanes. Every year they, and many other types of game bird, are raised in captivity, then released to be hunted. And every year a certain number survive and breed in the wild. I encountered this bird at Sculpture by the Lakes, casually strutting about the grounds, probably well aware that he was safe within the confines of the park. I can’t possibly know one way or the other, but I like to think this fellow was a wild bird from a wild progeny, evading sprays of buckshot and relentless hunting dogs, beating the odds year after year.

No matter how often I see them, I still can’t get used to the Pheasant’s sumptuous riot of color and texture. Of course, these aspects became my primary focus in painting the bird, but I also took great care to capture their bright, beady eyes, the cock of the head, and that ineffable “birdiness” they exude.

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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