Amery Bohling

Amery Bohling is well known for her vivid depictions of the American West, her light-infused work ranging from the seascapes of Cabo San Lucas to the granite cliffs and waterfalls of Monterey Bay, California. Her favorite subject, however—and the one for which she is most famous—is the Grand Canyon, endlessly fascinating, she says, for its vastness, complexity, and transcendent light. She has painted the canyon many times, finding challenges in capturing the timelessness of the rocks, the ephemeral quality of the light and sky, and the fiery reds and brilliant blues that dominate that unique landscape.

Although she grew up in Phoenix, Bohling didn’t discover the canyon until long after she had earned her BFA in painting and drawing from the University of Arizona and spent a year of her formal study at the Marchutz School of Art in Aix-en-Provence, France. There she learned to paint outdoors (en plein air in French) with the subject in full view, a technique that allows the artist to incorporate natural light and movement. She left France with a passion for outdoor painting, and in those early days when she lived in California, her subjects were often found on the Pacific coast or the deserts of the Southwest. She experienced the canyon for the first time in 2003, stopping by the North Rim after a work trip in Canyon de Chelly. She was mesmerized by the play of light and amazing colors, and it wasn’t long before she had made Arizona her home again, setting up a studio/gallery in Old Town Scottsdale, where she finishes paintings she has often started onsite.

Her work might best be described as romantic naturalism, portraying the natural world with an undercurrent of human emotion. “I enjoy playing with reality,” Bohling says, “and keying up colors to make them more intense.” She creates mood through her representation of sunlight and clouds, sometimes painting humans and animals at work in a landscape that otherwise seems infinite and indifferent.

Bohling participates in national and international art exhibitions, and her work has been featured in such publications as American Artist, Phoenix Home & Garden, PleinAir, Southwest Art, and Western Art Collector. Her painting titled Approaching the Windy Ridge was featured on the cover of Arizona Highways in February 2019, an issue celebrating the Grand Canyon’s Centennial. She can be found on You Tube by searching “Amery Bohling,” and she is a popular instructor at the Scottsdale Artists’ School, where she once studied herself. Bohling has recently released two instructional videos with Streamline Video/Liliedahl Productions: Seascape Secrets and Painting the Grand Canyon. She has also been a main-stage speaker at the Tucson and San Diego Plein Air Conventions. 

Her awards include an Honorable Mention at the 2016 Grand Canyon Celebration of Art exhibition; the Princeton Brush Award from the American Impressionist Society in 2015; Best in Show at the 2010 Scottsdale Beaux Art Exhibition; the Alden Bryan Memorial Medal Award at 2008 Allied Artists of America Exhibition; the John Young Hunter Memorial Award  at the 2007 Allied Artists of America Exhibition; and the Emerging Artist Award in 2005 from the California Art Club.

Amery Bohling is represented by Amery Bohling Fine Art, Scottsdale, Arizona.
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