December 21, 2017

Holiday Harmony

It doesn't take much for cats and dogs of all breeds to play in harmony. 

Watercolor & pencil, 10x8

December 13, 2017

Lone pine

A  lone pine awaits Christmas lights, camera, action. 

Pastel, 5x7, $100.

November 20, 2017

Servants in a row.

Cooks, maids & butlers all in a row. 
Snap your fingers. 

You're dreaming. 
Get cooking!

Mixed media, 4 x 6.5 
Prints available- 
Contact me for prices

November 16, 2017

November Browns

Brings brown.
Brun branches.
Taupe trees.
Tan tall grass.

Dirt brown ground.
Stone stones.
Brown is beautiful.
Against baby blue skies.

Pastel, 5x7, $110.

November 7, 2017

Flower in the Sun

Catch the sun in a flower before the frost does. 

Janis Joplin sang "Flower in the Sun.

Pastel, 8x10, $150.

November 1, 2017

Raining Leaves

A quiet street. Not a soul around.
But the leaves put on a show anyway.
Like acrobats they glide thru the air, 
flying with the greatest of ease.
Like dancers they pirouette,
turning, and whirling.
Done- they nosedive, nudged by the wind.
And like trained pilots, 
land with precision, 
on a runway of pillows-
red, orange, yellow and green.

Pastel, 5x7, $100.

October 23, 2017

Dizzy Gillespie 100th birthday

In celebration of the anniversary of jazz great Dizzy Gillespie’s 100th birthday, author David G. Brown shares his intimate experiences and memoirs of this magical musician in his book "Shadowing Dizzy Gillespie." 

This is the art I did for the cover. 
See the book here.

See Dizzy play here. And here.

Mixed Media, 6x9, [Commission- Alaska]

October 18, 2017

4 swans- danse des petits cygnets, pas de quatre

This was a commission painting that I forgot to put up!

4 swans
Arm in arm.
Hand in hand.
In sync.
Must dance as one.
When they part– they float to the ground.
As we all do if not together.

Watch them dance

Pastel, 20 x 9, [commission, Canada]

October 5, 2017


I started this painting right after 9/11 and didn't finish it not knowing that it would never be finished:

Thousands of tears. 
For New York, Orlando, Virginia, Newtown, Boston, Colorado, Wisconsin, Seattle, Texas, Little Rock, Las Vegas, and on and on and on.
The droplets shed from tired, troubled, fearful, sad eyes should not be wasted. 
They must sprinkle the flowers we leave for those we cry.

Pastel, 11.5 x 9.5

September 12, 2017

After the storms:
The beauteous blue.
The silky sea.
The ruffled edge.
The subtle sky.
The silence.
Defies it.

Pastel, 10 x 8 

August 1, 2017

Oasis in a desert, Bohoy

Two lovebirds coo in the desert.
Roses and cactus.
A diamond appears.
An oasis!

Pastel 8x10, commission SOLD

July 24, 2017

BAD banner, Bohoy

I'm happy to announce that my rose painting was chosen for the BAD (Beverly Arts District)
spring/summer banners lining downtown Cabot street in Beverly MA. 

Pastel, 2007

July 12, 2017

Windhover, Paul Taylor master class, Bohoy

Paul Taylor master class.

Modern, contemporary
We all move like glass.

Dance mirrors don't speak
But we all take a peek.

It's early morning.
The air is hot.

We dance to the music
And sweat a lot.

Pastel 7.5 x 9.5

Windhover was established in Pigeon Cove, a small village by the sea in Rockport, Ma. on five acres of farmland by dancer Ina, and Herb Hahn. They converted the barn into a dance studio, the stable into a library, sheds and out-buildings into dormitories for a performing arts camp, a chapel/theater, and an outdoor stage for dance and theater performances (a mini Jacob's Pillow). Today, besides dance classes, they present unique and historic dance performances. A gem.

June 14, 2017

BNN Portrait Exhibit, Boston, Bohoy

My self portrait will be in the juried:
"Portraits and the Stories Behind Them"  
at the Boston Neighborhood Network, 
BNN Neighborhood Art Gallery
June and July, 2017
Exhibit curated by Janice Williams, Art Studio 99. 

See the paintings:

See all the portraits and the stories behind them at:

Outakes from my interview with BNN TV.

June 12, 2017

Island House, Exhibit, Bohoy

My Painting "Island House" is currently in the juried Art Fest 2017 exhibit at the Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts, Endicott College in Beverly, MA

Island house.

White from the sun.
Blue from the sea.
A stark serenity.

Pastel, 16 x 20, 2008
Framed, $500

June 5, 2017

June roses, mixer, Bohoy

My dear friend, the consummate baker, wanted her workhorse mixer to look less like a horse and more like art sitting on her counter. I painted trailing red roses on the little pony and now it's a "show horse."

Commission [sold]

May 11, 2017

Flower for Mom

The best kind of flower.
Not bought.
Just picked.
For Mom.

10x8, pastel SOLD

May 1, 2017

May Pole

Dance to May.
The Flowers, & the trees.
The birds & the bees.

Pastel, 5x7, $55.

April 30, 2017

May Day herb garden

May 1.
May Day.
My day to make May Wine.
Hopefully woodruff and mint are peeking up in the herb garden.
They'll go into the bottle with fruits and flowers to
steep and flavor the wine.
Earth gifts in a glass.
Here's to May.

Pastel, 10 x 8, $100.

April 12, 2017

April bouquet, Bohoy pastel

T.S. Eliot said, "April is the cruelest month." 
 Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.
Winter kept us warm, covering
Earth in forgetful snow, feeding
A little life with dried tubers.

This April has been cruel. 
Snowstorms, rainstorms and chills. 
With hope– tulips, daffodils, magnolias & more will endeavor to pop for our Passover and Easter. 

Pastel, 8x10, SOLD

April 5, 2017

Library ladies, Beverly Farms Library, Bohoy

Our Beverly Farms Library turned 100 this year. To celebrate, a group of Farms artists pooled together and individually painted scenes of the wonderful institution. My painting was based on my memory of myself as a young girl [older than the one pictured] discovering the library and all the books that I could check out for free! I went from shelf to shelf finding one story to the next that piqued my interest. Marie Antoinette, Anna Pavlova...
My exuberance overshadowed the fact that you could only check out 3 books– let alone read all of the books that I had accumulated. 
The library still evokes that same excitement when I discover a book of interest among the stacks.  

[Pictured here: the library checkout desk and smiling Librarian Kate.]

Pastel, 10x8, SOLD, Massachusetts

March 21, 2017

Baking a cake.

“The sun was slanting thru the crisp white curtains of the compact kitchen– a scent of wild rose from the blossoming bush outside the window was perfuming the air as the breeze blew in– but the scent of cake baking in the oven was the star. My mother was singing “la de da...” as she whipped up a 7 Minute Frosting to ice the impending cake as we all hovered and waited in anticipation to lick the beaters. The cake batter had already been licked clean earlier by we overzealous kids fighting over who would do it first. 
I  can’t recall if the cake was for a birthday, dessert, or just ‘needed’ to be made, but all of the ingredients were there: the sun, the smells, the love, the passion, the family, the adoration, and anticipation. 

The cake is done, the frosting white, fluffy, and peaked. Who can wait?  No one– when the aroma seduces your senses: your eyes, your nose, your tastebuds. My mother takes the knife and carefully slices a piece for each of us, sneaking a lick of the wayward crumbs and frosting as she goes. The sun is now in a different place, the oven is cooling, our childish patience has waned, and we are finally ready for a bite of this beautifully baked piece of magic. 

That particular piece of Mom’s magic, chemistry, and passion, is now lovingly baked in our own sunlit compact kitchen.”
           ~ Johanna Bohoy

From an article written & illustrated for the Massachusetts Specialty Food Newsletter. 

Pastel, 5x7, $75.

March 14, 2017


It's spring?

Pastel, 5x7, $75.

March 1, 2017

Oscars red Carpet 2017-Red, White & Blue

Red hot fashions
White & black
Blue bloopers
Seeing stars.

Click OSCARS and see 9 years of my runway paintings 

Pastel, 10x8, $150. 

[inquire about purchasing the whole Runway series of 10 paintings]

February 13, 2017

Love Song

Valentines' day.
A day of remembrance for all those you love, loved, need to love, want to love, have to love; just love.
Friends, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, husbands, wives, lovers, sons, daughters, grandparents, mentors, pets, people, places, things, freedom...
Sing a song of love.

(Lindsey singing to her grandparents at their special wedding on Valentine's Day)

Pastel, 10x8, NFS

February 2, 2017

A Field Goal Super Bowl

Kick it!
Win it!
Go guys go.
We're eating chicken wings– 
while you fly.
Beer and nachos–
while they fry.

Pastel, 8x10, $150.

January 24, 2017


Singing Beach
Manchester-by-the Sea 
(location of the current movie).
Dotting the coast are the mansions.
Turn of the century symbols of wealth.
Carriages, servants, privileged summers by the sea.

Reflections of a time past.
So large– many were torn down.
Making way for some new McMansions. 

Pastel painting 7.5 x 5.5, in 12 x 9 silver frame with silver mat. 
SOLD Arkansas

January 9, 2017

Cover Cats

This painting appears on the cover of the Boston City Paper with bio inside. A nice way to start my New Year
(Pastel, 10x8, 2008, framed, $170.