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Bonnie Marris ( 1951– )

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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.”
 
Education
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 
Selected Exhibitions
Autry National Center, Masters of The American West, Los Angeles, CA
Trailside Galleries, Fall Gold, Jackson, WY, 2001-2014
Trailside Galleries, 50th Anniversary Exhibition, Jackson, WY 2013
Selected Press
Western Art Collector, January 2012
Southwest Art, June, 2011
Art of the West, November 2010
Art of the West, May-June 2009
Art of the West, Patricia O’Connor, Where Magic Lies, July, 2004
Selected Publications
Michigan Mammals, Dr. Rollin Baker, Michigan State University Press
The Red Fox In Art, Dr. John Orrell, Skagit River Press
Public Collections
University Cal-Poly, Pomona, CA
Awards
Autry National Center, Masters of The American West, Bob Kuhn Wildlife Award, Los Angeles, CA, 2014
Autry National Center, Masters of The American West, Artist’s Choice Award, Los Angeles, CA, 2014
Autry National Center, Masters of The American West, Patron’s Choice Award, Los Angeles, CA, 2014

Artist Works

Lot 156
(2016)
Bonnie Marris (1951–Present)
Family Ties (2016)
oil on canvas
36 x 48 in
$140,400
Lot 190
(2012)
Bonnie Marris (1951–Present)
Morning Magic (2012)
oil on linen
40 x 30 in
$51,750
Lot 185
(2011)
Bonnie Marris (1951–Present)
Vantage Point (2011)
oil on canvas
40 x 30 in
$37,375
Lot 180
(2014)
Bonnie Marris (1951–Present)
Last Touch of Daylight (2014)
oil on canvas
36 x 48 in
$35,100
Lot 124
(2015)
Bonnie Marris (1951–Present)
Exploring the Banks of the Sable (2015)
oil on canvas
48 x 60 in
$30,420
Lot 187
(2011)
Bonnie Marris (1951–Present)
Ice ()
oil on canvas
36 x 48 in
$28,750
Lot 169
(2007)
Bonnie Marris (1951–Present)
Winter Games (2007)
Oil on Linen
36 x 60 in
$25,875
Lot 156
(2012)
Bonnie Marris (1951–Present)
The Magic of Children ()
oil on canvas
36 x 48 in
$25,875
Lot 180
(2012)
Bonnie Marris (1951–Present)
The Alpha Pair (2012)
oil on linen
24 x 36 in
$25,875
Lot 243
(2013)
Bonnie Marris (1951–Present)
By the Den ()
oil on canvas
30 x 40 in
$19,890
Lot 196
(2009)
Bonnie Marris (1951–Present)
Too Close, Too Late (2009)
oil on canvas
30 x 40 in
$19,550
Lot 106
(2013)
Bonnie Marris (1951–Present)
Battle of Kings (2013)
oil on canvas
24 x 48 in
$18,720
Lot 228
(2012)
Bonnie Marris (1951–Present)
Spirit Unbroken ()
oil on canvas
40 x 30 in
$16,100
Lot 122
(2015)
Bonnie Marris (1951–Present)
Too Much of a Good Thing (2015)
oil on canvas
24 x 48 in
$14,040
Lot 46
(2010)
Bonnie Marris (1951–Present)
Rabbit! (2010)
oil on canvas
30 x 24 in
$11,500
Lot 217
(2012)
Bonnie Marris (1951–Present)
Arctic Wild ()
oil on canvas
30 x 40 in
$10,000
Lot 233
(2008)
Bonnie Marris (1951–Present)
His Hideout (2008)
Oil on Linen
24 x 30 in
$9,775
Lot 42
(2013)
Bonnie Marris (1951–Present)
Best Friends ()
oil on board
16.5 x 18.5 in
$5,265
Bonnie Marris (1951–Present)
Night and Day ()
oil on canvas
20 x 30 in
$7,000–$10,000
Lot 364
(2016)
Bonnie Marris (1951–Present)
Night and Day ()
oil on canvas
20 x 30 in
$5,265
Lot 117
(2016)
Bonnie Marris (1951–Present)
Tug of War ()
oil on canvas
11 x 14 in
$4,680
Lot 200
(2017)
Bonnie Marris (1951–Present)
Born to be Wild (2017)
oil on canvas
36 x 48 in
$21,060
Lot 30
(2017)
Bonnie Marris (1951–Present)
Room with a View ()
oil on canvas
9 x 12 in
$4,095
Lot 31
(2017)
Bonnie Marris (1951–Present)
Spencer and Kate ()
oil on canvas
10 x 16 in
$2,925
Lot 68
(2017)
Bonnie Marris (1951–Present)
No Fences ()
oil on canvas
8 x 10 in
$2,633
Lot 95
(2017)
Bonnie Marris (1951–Present)
Little Red Fox ()
oil on canvas
8 x 10 in
$5,850
Lot 100
(2017)
Bonnie Marris (1951–Present)
Wolves ()
oil on canvas
9 x 12 in
$4,680
Lot 189
(2017)
Bonnie Marris (1951–Present)
Courtship (2017)
oil on canvas
30 x 40 in
$14,040
Lot 190
(2017)
Bonnie Marris (1951–Present)
News and Commentary ()
oil on canvas
15 x 30 in
$11,700
Lot 257B
(2017)
Bonnie Marris (1951–Present)
Hide and Seek with the Sun ()
oil on canvas
15 x 30 in
$9,360