- Wolves work tremendously hard to patrol, defend and hunt even a small territory. Wolves are commonly on the move for eight hours a day and may travel 4,000 miles a year. Because they may eat only once every 5 to 10 days, they also take the concept of rest very seriously. A rocky out-cropping such as this provides this pair with the opportunity to both conserve energy and survey a portion of their territory at the same time.As noted by SouthWest Art magazine, "To say that Marris knows animals is an understatement. She lives them, breathes them, and - more than anything else - she loves them." That love resonates throughout her art. It is that quality that keeps collectors coming back, again and again.Rocky Lookout may capture a moment of rest in the wild, but is a complex mix of color and shadow, detail and impressionism that is her signature painting style. Bonnie Marris' stock in the art marketplace continues to rise. If you are looking for something a little wild, this Fine Art Gicl�e Canvas in an edition of only 50, is the perfect piece for you.
- 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