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NOTES: With a legendary reputation for intelligence and cunning, the extraordinary family structure of the red fox is often overlooked. “What would it be like to quietly sneak up on the site of a fox’s den and see the pack unbothered, just being foxes?” says Bonnie Marris. “I wanted people to see this side, the side that keeps a troop of foxes strong and tight.”
Casual time is not much different from that of wolves on a summer afternoon or with our own families for that matter. A den dug in the roots of trees can last for decades. The matriarchal vixen presides over and monitors the play of this year’s of brood of kits. On this is a peaceful afternoon the only things disturbing this family is the buzzing of mosquitoes around their ears.
There is a magic affinity between Bonnie and the wild animals she paints. Collectors’ gravitate to her work because it stirs these emotions in them as well. Marris’ Undivided Attention is available in two Fine Art Edition sizes, each capturing the passion and joy of her original painting.
Undivided Attention 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."