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"Mountain Mama" by Bonnie Marris
       
Mountain Mama
by Bonnie Marris
"Mountain Mama" by Bonnie Marris

The Coeur d’Alene Art Auction is regarded as a bell-weather event for collectors of North American art. Performance in this sale helps to establish one’s order in the cannon of not only contemporary American artists, but the greats that have preceded you. Bonnie Marris, year after year, has developed a place all her own among this gathering and sale of past and present masters’ art.

Mountain Mama was featured in the July 2012 Auction and attracted a number of bidders at this assembly of high-end art buyers. It is Marris’ ability to express with her paint an animal’s unique and inner spirit that attracts collectors to her work.
 
“Because mammals bond so closely with their offspring, the mother has a world-full of responsibility in feeding, teaching and raising their babies to be strong and alert,” says Marris. “The mother grizzly is no exception. She must keep an eye on her litter at all times. Each cub has its own personality, of course, like our own children.

Over a two to three year period she will teach her cubs to explore their big beautiful world. She is always there to encourage and protect them and, when necessary, to reprimand a cub with a solid huff or distinct growl for not paying close enough attention to her.”

Rarely does one have the chance to catch sight of a grizzly and her cubs in the wild or for that matter own one of Bonnie Marris’ much sought-after original paintings.  With our Fine Art Edition Giclèe Canvas of Mountain Mama you can have that experience every day.

Sizing and Pricing:

Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Giclée Canvas:
limited to 45 s/n. 23"w x 17"h. $495


MasterWork™
Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Giclée Canvas:

limited to 15 s/n. 40"w x 29"h (unstretched). $975







About 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.”