Dartmoor Ponies (framed) by Bonnie Marris
The road from the summer hills of Cornwall twisted north into Devon’s wild Dartmoor. Lush hills with a life all their own rolled, tumbled and faded away into the evening mist. There, knee-deep in green and lavender heather, were the free-ranging ponies of Dartmoor.
These ponies are a celebration of spirit and freedom. Mares of all colors were running, grazing and resting their rugged little foals. It seems as if all the world’s horses were rolled into one tough little package.
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.
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