“What you are most unprepared for when you see a grizzly in the
wild the first time is the fact that it is so much bigger than
you could ever have imagined,” beams Bonnie Marris. “Part of the
thrill is that they are so unpredictable-they are friendly looking
but dangerous, they look so soft and yet are so tough, they are
so intelligent but so wild. “Watching grizzlies fish is one of
my favorite things. They are so preoccupied with the fish and
their skills are incredible. They track and corral the fish, even
turn over rocks to see if the fish have gone under them. They
are so intent on what they are doing they are not bothered by
your presence. It is the ultimate artist’s meditation and they
simply ignore everything else. “I really do love 'Fish Tales.'
I love that you can see what the bear is concentrating on so attentively.
I really wanted to show the roughness of the fur and the cold
hardness of the claws. There are so many different patterns in
the water, those on the surface and those below it. It’s a very
serene painting even though the grizzly is hunting. I like to
believe you can hear him breathing.”
"Fish Tales" was unveiled at the Masters of the American West
Exhibition and Sale at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles.
The popular painting is now available as both a MasterWork™ Fine
Art Edition Canvas in an extremely low edition of 25 as well as
a more moderate size Fine Art Edition in an edition of 75.