March 15, 2023

Oscars Red Carpet 2023- Gloved & Glamorous- by Bohoy

Gloved & Glamourous

Like the turn of the century ladies, when gloves were de rigueur for proper etiquette, and were objects of luxury, elegance and refinement, these stars covered their arms on the runway. But it was not for the reason of etiquette (note the exposed shoulders & decollage)— it was all about the fashion. 

Laverne Cox, Ruth E. Carter, Emily Blunt and Deepika Padukone.

Pastel, 10x8


March 6, 2023

Travel memories- Ireland dawns by J. Bohoy

From a trip to Ireland, too long ago:

It's dawn.

Aqua mist reveals:

the hills; the castle; the velvet greens.

the moss, the mounds; a mirrored lake.

A silent Irish beauty.

1974, Acrylic, 26x26

Artist's collection.


 In an Irish cottage:

A rich little place.
Blossoms on walls envelop the room.
With treasures of paintings, furniture, and lace.
Touring the cottage- no one's around.
She looks in the mirror- not to be found.

1974, Acrylic 36 x 39

Happy St Patrick's Day!

February 7, 2023

Travel memories- Portugal-Bohoy

In yesterday’s Boston Sunday Globe newsaper I was interviewed for their VIP travel section entitled “A VIP reader talks about all things travel.” Read it here:

In honor of travel (and that time of year when we think of traveling) I will be featuring my travel paintings– starting with Portugal:

Travel. Tired. Trip into bed.
Trays of bread, butter, sweets and coffee wait outside the door in the early morn. Obrigado

Pastel of Villa Real, Portugal, 2008
Original NFS [email for available print]

In Nazare a Fisherman's widow dressed in all black strolls the beach with the background of the unforgiving azure blue sea.

Pastel, 2008 [email for available available]

January 18, 2023

Birthday of a New Year 2023-Bohoy

Light the candles for Chanukah.

Light the candles for Christmas.

Light the candles for the birthday of a New Year.

Paint it glorious.


Pastel, 2008

September 12, 2022

Rose Michelle

A bud that blossomed to a swirl of beauty. Inside and out.

A dew drop for life; a teardrop that it can't last forever.

Pastel, 2008/2022

August 23, 2022

Summer on Cape Ann paintings by Johanna Bohoy


A Rockport rooftop. 3 on the rocks. A Gloucester wharf.
Summer on Cape Ann.

All pastel paintings © Johanna Bohoy


May 24, 2022

The Swans are back- by J. Bohoy

The swans are back.

Boston Ballet brings them.

The Opera House stage. 

Feathers fly: Odette and Odile vie for the prince.

Good vs evil.

A sea of white glides on Swan Lake as my favorite Tchaikovsky music swells.

Pastel paintings done previously in 2008 to 2014. Prints available.


March 30, 2022

Oscars Red Carpet 2022-Yelo & Blue- Bohoy


It seems frivolous to focus on fashion when we think of the devastation happening in the Ukraine– but it has been my tradition for 15 years to do a runway painting each year– so I am capturing those who wore yellow and blue- to honor their flag.

Kodi Smit
Meghan Thee Stallion
David Oyelowo

Pastel, March 2020

March 6, 2022

Sunflowers for Ukraine


The sunflower is the national flower of UkraineThe sunflower is the national flower of Ukraine. Ukrainians weave sunflowers into wreathed crowns to wear during celebrations, embroider them onto fabric and clothes, carve them into wooden furniture, and household items, and paint them as decoration on walls. They are used to protect against evil spirits, bad fortune and illness. Just like the sun they bring warmth and light and are the symbol of energy, life and well-being, for fertility, and unity, and peace.

The Orthodox Church did not ban sunflower oil during Lent so the sunflower became popular. By the early 19th century, Ukrainians planted vast fields of sunflowers since their hot, dry climate and rich soil are ideal for their growth. Sunflowers are also effective for extracting toxins: lead, arsenic and uranium from the soil, so they helped remove toxins after the disaster at the Ukrainian Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.

A sunflower bud turns its head as it follows the sun across the sky from east to west and droops its head at sundown- a phenomenon known as heliotropism. At dawn they again nod toward the east where the Sun rises again. Just like the Ukrainian people -- they rise and fight in unity for their country.

(info gathered from numerous sources)
Pastel Painting, 9x5, © Johanna Bohoy, 2009

December 10, 2021

"Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life." –painting collage by Johanna Bohoy

"Be happy for this moment. 
This moment is your life." 

Omar Khayyam

Have a memorable holiday and a happy New Year.

Mixed media painting collage