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Robin by Andrew Denman
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"Robin Study #2"
7.5 x 10"
Mixed Media on Crescent Watercolor Board


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The Robin is a bird I will always instantly identify with the UK.

When the first colonists left England and traveled to America, they named many things after supposed British counterparts. When they landed in 1620 on the coast of what would one day become Massachusetts, they named the site Plymouth Rock, because they had originally sailed out of Plymouth Harbor in Devon. In fact, the East Coast of the United States is filled with cities directly named after the places the colonists had known in the UK. Likewise, when it came to naming the flora and fauna of their new home, they leaned heavily on what they knew.

The American Robin, which bears the unfortunate Latin name Turdus americanus, looks nothing like its European counterpart, to which it is entirely unrelated (except being a bird). Of course, both birds do have an orange breast, but the resemblance ends there. The American Robin is a large bird of the Thrush family, whereas the European robin is related more closely to the Flycatcher family. Where American robins are big, brash, and a bit clumsy, European Robins are tiny, elegant and dainty. To someone who loves birds, the contrast is quite distinct, and reflective enough of the difference in character between typically rugged, bold, outspoken Americans and often refined, cultured, stiff-upper-lip Brits, that I can’t help but consider each bird a very effective mascot for these two very different places and cultures.

I encountered this Robin sweetly singling on an uncommonly sunny morning during my last travel to the UK, and sought to capture that feeling in this study.

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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