His Property

Limited Edition Print by Andrew Denman

His Property

Andrew Denman
Limited Edition Print
Giclée Canvas
20 × 16 in
Handsigned by the Artist


Artwork Description

“’His Property’ began on a drive near Tahoe, CA, where I observed a large Golden Eagle dismantling prey by the side of the highway,” begins artist Andrew Denman. “He held his great, outstretched wings defensively over his meal¯what it was exactly, I couldn’t tell and stared down at it with a propriety gaze that claimed, in no uncertain terms, that this was his property.

Over a year later, a friend who runs Native Bird Connections, a local raptor rescue center, introduced me to a Golden Eagle up close and personal. A wing fracture made it impossible for him to be re-released, but from where I stood, he’d lost none of his grandeur. Huge, impressive and intimidating, he was none-the-less nervous around a stranger but when he calmed down, he perched on his trainer’s arm with an elegance and poise that was unforgettable. At one point he looked piercingly down at the ground, accentuating his beautiful but severe profile; this pose, elegantly lit from behind to show his glorious mane of golden feathers, reminded me of the encounter I’d had with the Golden Eagle in the wild and my painting His Property was born.