In my work I strive to reflect sentiments inspired by color, texture and light. I find joy in nature's colors, lines, and forms and in man-made creations, however ordinary, that enrich nature's beauty. I gravitate towards great sweeping skies, married to slices of warm earth and distant mountains, dotted with the comfort of warm barns and farm homes.
Scenes that are prominent in places I've lived and traveled contribute greatly to my aesthetic, particularly the vastness of the Great Plains and the boldness of the Rocky Mountains.
Often I will begin a piece only to walk away from it for a period of time. I return to each creation and continue to add layers and elements until a singular moment is staring back at me.
I was born in Hebron, Nebraska, and grew up in Denver, Colorado. I attended the Colorado School of Mines, then completed my education at Texas A&M University. Along the way, I made the transition from student to businessman to flight attendant and finally, artist.
Blessed with wanderlust, I have visited over 40 states and almost as many countries.
I prefer to work with acrylics on canvas but have studied water colors as well as oils. My technique is largely self-taught, as I have enjoyed discovering different mediums and approaches over the last 20 years. I have received instruction at The Art Center of South Florida and the Art Students League of Denver.
2018 Assurity Life Insurance Solo Exhibit, Kiechel Fine Art, Lincoln, NE
2018 Western Landscapes, Ann Korologos Gallery, Basalt, CO
2018 All Colorado Show, Curtis Center for the Arts, Greenwood Village, CO
2018 New Works, New Artists, Ann Korologos Gallery, Basalt, CO
2017 Winter Reflective, Artwork Network, Denver, CO
2017 Opening Solo Reception, Outnumbered Gallery, Littleton, CO
2017 Western Spirit Art Show, Cheyenne Frontier Days Museum, Cheyenne, WY
2016 Multiplicity, Sync Art Gallery, Denver, CO
2016 Buy an Original, Littleton Museum of Art, Littleton, CO
2016 Winter Eclectic, Artwork Network, Denver, CO
2016 All Colorado Fall Juried Show, Main Street Fine Arts Gallery, Evergreen, CO
2016 All Colorado Show, Awarded Second Place for The Lake Dreams of Sky, Depot Art Gallery, Littleton, CO
2016 Summer Eclectic, Artwork Network, Denver, CO
2016 Presence, Sync Gallery, Denver, CO
2016 Home Again, Solo Exhibition, Urban Luxe, Denver, CO
2015 Bibelot 2015, Kanon Collective, Denver, CO
2015 Lone Tree Art Expo, Awarded Second Place for County Road 4, Lone Tree Arts Center, Lone Tree, CO
2015 The Dream of Now, Sync Gallery, Denver, CO
2015 30th Annual National Juried Fine Arts Show, Louisville Art Association, Louisville, CO
2015 ‘Scapes, Roan and Black, Saugatuck, MI
2014 All Colorado Juried Art Show, Main Street Fine Arts Gallery, Evergreen, CO
2014 Square Foot, Bell Gallery, Denver, CO
2013 Fall Juried Show, Main Street Fine Arts Gallery, Evergreen, CO
Rendell, Graham: "Artist Spotlight-James Bohling", OnDenver.com, September 27, 2017, www.ondenver.com
Rogers, Kate: “The Landscape’s the Thing”, Colorado Homes and Lifestyles, April 2016, p. 45-48
Heckel, Aimee: ''Know Your Art'', Denver Life Magazine, November 2015, p. 37-38
Jones, Cathy: "Emerging Artists in Evergreen", Colorado, Serenity, September 2015
2016 1914 House, Niwot, CO
2015 Ten l 10, Denver, CO
2015 BFH Designs, Denver, CO
2014 John F McGovern DO, Denver, CO
Paintings held in private collections in Denver, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, and Cincinnati
Kiechel Fine Art, Lincoln, NE
Korologos Gallery, Basalt, CO
Artwork Network, Denver, CO