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Great Blue Heron by Andrew Denman <Back to Thumbnails "Rise"
36 x 24"
Acrylic on Board
Great Blue Heron

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Several years ago on a trip to the San Francisco zoo to photograph tigers, I discovered that I was not the only visitor that day; a wild Great Blue Heron had decided to take advantage of the feeding area for the African Crowned Cranes and was making himself an impressive spectacle. Having never been much of a photographer, I was thrilled and grateful for auto-drive when I discovered that I had managed to capture the heron just as he was taking off, with wings spread in a dramatic display. A celebration not only of flight, but of the joyous act of painting, I allowed the beautiful gesture of the bird to shift between the extremes of hyperrealsim and stylization and to inspire bold abstract shapes suggestive of upward motion. Even the word “Rise” so stubbornly asserted itself in my thought process that it became not only the title of the painting, but even included, quite dramatically, in the piece itself. It is my hope that viewers will partake of “Rise” the same mood of transcendence I felt in creating it.

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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