- They say opposites attract and this pair of horses, one from each end of the color spectrum, inspired artist Bonnie Marris to create this fine art limited edition, Night and Day. I absolutely love this painting, says Marris. The duality of nature combined with the strength and speed infuses this symbolic and poetic piece with an energy all its own. The spontaneity and excitement that comes from a horse is spectacular to watch. But it's always a challenge to give a painting a sense of movement. These geldings have such a rhythm that against the blurred lighting of the background they appear to sail through the canvas. A blend of delicacy and masculinity, there's both harmony and play between the two, their enthusiasm and energy the brilliance bounce off one another. While the light plays off the black and white, you still can see every color of the rainbow.
- 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