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White-Headed Marsh Tyrant by Andrew Denman <Back to Thumbnails "The Tyrant"
16 x 12"
Acrylic on Cradled Board
White-Headed Marsh Tyrant

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During a trip to Trinidad�s Aripo Savannah, one of the first birds to catch my eye in the dry, parched landscape was the White-Headed Marsh Tyrant. I spotted this small flycatcher relative in a dry field not far from a water treatment facility, where his bold black-and-white color pattern made him stand out dramatically even from a considerable distance. As their name suggests, Tyrants are quite territorial, but I found this bird�s oversized head, jaunty crest, and big black eyes more comical than threatening�but then I�m not a Marsh Tyrant. One must be a king, or in a similar position of leadership, before one can be a tyrant, so I imagined a background that suggested a suit of playing cards; this is the King of Diamonds, and the regimentation of the diamond pattern, the hardness of the contrast, and the lance-like abstraction of the branch on which he perches all suggest the harshness and severity of his reign.

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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