Great painting of horses crossing a stream,
Slash by Bonnie Marris
Sold out at publisher, but 1 available at Ashley's Art Gallery.
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Image size: 40"w x 30"h.
Approx. framed size: 52"w x 42"h
Edition Size: 75
Published from the artist's original painting "Splash".
With thundering hooves, flashing eyes and pounding hearts, Bonnie Marris’ horses represent all that is truly wild in great wildlife art. Their exhilaration is contagious and their spirit truly indomitable, as Marris’ skill with the brush and empathy with the animal soul brings their joyous freedom to life.
Each morning, as the sunlight rolls over the mountains, these three horses stretch their muscles and begin their travel across the countryside. Today’s leg of the journey begins with a refreshing splash through an ice-cold stream, fresh from the mountaintop. As the water leaps into the air around their knees, the exuberant animals will take different paths over the uneven bottom of the creek bed, but by sunset they will find one another again. By the time the last star has appeared in the evening sky the family will be safe at rest, gathering strength for the next day’s run.
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. 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—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.”
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