Thursday, January 1, 2009

The Watchers

It might have something to do with my Cherokee heritage, or it may be just a simple fascination...but I have always been intrigued by wolves. Seeing them in the wild, it's hard to believe that our tiny 4 pound Yorkie shares the same DNA. Lucky for me that Doughboy shares the same appreciation for wolves in art form. We've collected many lovely pieces over the years, but none matches the incomparable talent of Bonnie Marris.

Wildlife artist Bonnie Marris’ fascination with animals began at an early age when, at the age of two, she spent hours in front of the wolf cage at the zoo, enraptured by the animals within. The attention to detail evident in her work is a consequence of long hours studying her subjects in the field and her background in illustration. Bonnie Marris has taken an unusual path into art; she developed her talent by portraying animals “from the inside out.”

It isn't easy to bring me to tears. However, Doughboy accomplished this on Christmas Eve by giving me a rare edition of Bonnie Marris' recent work entitled The Watchers. A couple months ago he contacted an art broker only to be told The Watchers had sold out soon after its release. When Doughboy told the broker about our collection of Bonnie Marris art, he contacted Ms. Marris and she agreed to sell a MasterWork Giclee from her personal collection. Our canvas is numbered 5 of 5.

In addition to wolves, Bonnie Marris paints a variety of other animals such as cows, dogs, horses, grizzly bear, and foxes. The two shown below hang in our bedroom. The colors are incredible and must be seen in person to be truly appreciated.

Other pieces that can be found in our home are...

I can't explain our fascination for wolves, but art defies explanation. It exists in the heart and eye of the beholder. After we depart this earth, we will pass our collections to our grandchildren so they will have a piece of what mattered to us. If you're interested in seeing more of Bonnie Marris' incredible talent, click here .

What type of art gets you excited? Do you have any special collections?


On New Year's Day and the whole year through, I hope the kindness you've given to others returns many times to you. May hope, love, and warmth be in your heart's possessing, and may the New Year bring you and yours many blessings. Happy New Year!!!


Country Girl said...

What an absolutely wonderful post, Debra. I've never heard of the artist, but thank you for introducing me to her! Beautiful art can bring me to tears.
I don't have a collection of anything. And I loved your P.S.

Chere said...

I have seen your collection and they are truly beautiful. I am not a collector of wolves but dogs. That is why I love you wall paper in the mud room. I have a collection of llardo pieces, all featuring a spaniel in some form. I am so looking forward to another year of love, friendship and fun with you, doughboy, jamie and kids.

Deb said...

I agree with Kate, your post was absorbing. And where were these in the old home...I don't remember them, but there was so much for the eye to see.
We have a collection of art that consists of canvas works by artists we have loved along the way, some no names, some Thomas Kincade works. For some reason, we always gravitate to winter scenes. Several of our Terry Redlin prints are all wintery, snowy scenes capturing the mountain's beauty usually a cabin is nestled in the mountain side, sometimes a horse drawn sleigh.
Perhaps this is our subconscious telling us of need for a simpler life. I dunno!
Happy New Year!

Mental P Mama said...

Beautiful. I am a fan of water and abstract water art. Plus, I have to live near the water. I should probably have this analyzed at some point, but maybe ignorance is bliss....

Happy New Year!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Hi Debra - love your wolves and agree your love of them may well be to do with your Cherokee heritage. I have a similar affinity with hares which I put down to there being some Romany blood in my ancestry. All my friends know this so that I get various hare cards, presents etc.
I particularly like your two fox paintings - the artist has really captured their foxiness.

Mama/Baby-Catcher/KellyJellyBelly/KJB/Wifey said...

I love them, they're very meditative pieces. Good job, Daddy.