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NOTES: Followers of artist Bonnie Marris have already learned about the symbiotic relationship between wolves and corvidae (crows and ravens). Marris’ previous releases on the subject are sold out at publisher or nearly: The Ties that Bind, Too Much Information, News and Commentary. There is a mysterious and wonderful camaraderie that has been observed between both wolves and ravens and wolves and crows.
“Personally, I’m most intrigued by the relationship with ravens,” says Bonnie Marris. “It is mysterious because it can only be imagined or supposed just what they are actually communicating with each other. It has only just begun to be formally studied. There’s an appearance of communication concerning the location of a kill that seems to happen again and again. The wolves will follow the ravens to a kill and although they badger each other back and forth over a kill, they seem to share.
“In this image, the ravens are leading a small group of wolves to a kill they have discovered. I love this painting because it is as much about the relationship between the wolves and the crow as it is about the lighting and rhythm of the composition. The reflections on the water and the backlighting on the wolves worked out very well. It’s a cold, but very soothing piece.”
Ravens Path Canvas by Bonnie Marris is signed by the artist and comes with a certificate of authenticity.
image Copyright © 2023 by Bonnie Marris
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."