- Artist Bonnie Marris loves to explore the wilderness. Her first hand knowledge of the wildlife she loves brings an emotional involvement to her art, and, in turn, to the viewer. "To get into a natural environment and see the animals on their own terms is as important as knowing the animals themselves," says Bonnie, who developed her talent by portraying animals "from the inside out." Her passion for her subject is only eclipsed by her mastery of the elements of color, composition, light and emotion in aligned perfection."I've spent so much of my life working with, camping nearby, and studying wolves that their every 'essence' has become a huge part of me," Bonnie says. "Somehow, with every blank canvas, I have the push to paint the 'ultimate' wolf painting. Because wolves are so fascinating to me, I keep trying to get closer and closer to them in every way. They look past you, they look through you, they hold you. With Mystere', we're as close as he'll allow us."
- 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