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Bonnie Marris - Heavy Drifting -  LIMITED EDITION CANVAS Published by the Greenwich Workshop

The American Buffalo is a huge animal. As adults, the males are over five feet tall and can be up to nearly twelve feet in length. They can tip the scales at 2,000 pounds. There is a herd of nearly 3,500 of them in and around Yellowstone National Park. When the winter’s snow beings fall, they like to stick to ski trails and roads when the deep snow has made it almost impossible to move, but they are often forced to trudge their way through heavy drifts.

The editors at "Art of the West" magazine chose "Heavy Drifting" as the cover of their 23rd Anniversary Issue, which also carried a feature story on Bonnie (www.aotw.com).

Heavy Drifting
by Bonnie Marris

See the Artist Biography
LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
Image size: 12"w x 17"h.
Limited Edition of: 100
Originally Published:
January 2011
$275.00

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Bonnie Marris
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. She 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—the vast, vast tundra with the wind and other forces of nature at their most extreme—that’s what makes them what they are. To stand not far from a grizzly that is so overpowering, so beautiful and so large . . . to watch it pull up a small tree with a swipe of its paw and just a few minutes later see it delicately picking blueberries with its black lips. . . Alaska changed me; it gave me the biggest incentive to paint and increased my interest in the predators: the cats, bears, coyotes, wolves and foxes. They exist on so many levels. Their moods show in their eyes and we can learn so much from them.” Marris’ works were selected for the 2002-2005 Gene Autry Museum of Western Heritage Show.


 

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