Bonnie Marris
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A Softer Side of Winter

oil on canvas
36 x 36 in
(91.44h x 91.44w cm)
SOLD

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Exploring the Banks of the Sable River-Study

oil on canvas
9 x 12 in
(22.86h x 30.48w cm)
SOLD

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Head On Collision, Study

oil on linen
16 x 20 in
(40.64h x 50.8w cm)
SOLD

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Out of the Shadows-Study

oil on canvas
24 x 24 in
(60.96h x 60.96w cm)
SOLD

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Red Fox by Icy Creek

oil on canvas
12 x 9 in
(30.48h x 22.86w cm)
SOLD

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Searching the Shallows

oil on canvas
18 x 24 in
(45.72h x 60.96w cm)
SOLD

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Wolves on the Beartooth

oil on linen
18 x 36 in
(45.72h x 91.44w cm)
SOLD

Biography

Bonnie Marris, b. Michigan, United States


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 mammalogist’s text that contained several hundred drawings and detailed 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.


Beyond academic training and emotional involvement, art requires another element for which there is no substitute: 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 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 which is so overpowering, so beautiful and so large…to watch itself pull up a small tree with a swipe of its’ paw and just a few minutes later see it delicately picking blueberries. Alaska changed me. It gave me the biggest incentive to paint and increased any interest in 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.”

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