- "The scene is my favorite wolf-viewing position near our campsite in Alaska," said the artist. "I always think of this stream as gold creek because a legend still persists that gold was discovered here, and a miner's shack in the vicinity still survives to feed the myth. I watched as these two adults separated from the pack to hunt and fish and one of them did get lucky with a Dolly Varden trout."This year marks twenty-five years of Bonnie Marris Fine Art Editions so it is serendipitous and fitting that her newest release is a subject close to her very first limited edition with us in 1985. In that edition, titled The Fishing Lesson, a mother wolf watches her two cubs at the rocky edge of water as they peer down at what could be dinner if only they figure out how to catch it.Flash forward 25 years to Lucky Catch, the artist's 2010 Masters of the American West entry at the Autry National Center. We see two full grown wolves flourishing in their natural element with grace and poise, having mastered the challenges of life in the wild. We couldn't think of a warmer metaphor for the artist we have published and loved for all these years.
- The Artist
"Wildlife artist Bonnie Marris' fascination with animals began at an early age when, at the age of two, she spent hours in front of the wolf cage at the zoo, enraptured by the animals within. The attention to detail evident in her work is a consequence of long hours studying her subjects in the field and her background in illustration.
Bonnie Marris has taken an unusual path into art; she developed her talent by portraying animals "from the inside out." While she was a student at Michigan State University, Bonnie illustrated several major books. One volume she worked on was a leading expert's mammalogy text that contained several hundred drawings and detail studies. This massive project attracted the attention of noted zoologist George Schaller, who invited Bonnie to prepare the art for posters that would support his worldwide rare animal relief programs.
In addition to her accomplished skill at rendering her subjects and evident affinity for the wild, Marris' painting requires frequent and substantive field experience. Each year, Bonnie makes two major trips, and countless smaller ones, to observe and learn about the wildlife she loves.
In 1980, one such voyage took her to Alaska, where she lived in the wilderness for six months. Marris recounts, "To get into a natural environment and see the animals on their own terms is as important as knowing the animals themselves.
For instance, gray wolves on the tundra