We had the good fortune of connecting with Mary Bohn and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mary, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I pursued this path, because it is my passion and makes me who I am. I believe it is important to follow one’s heart. Since little on, my mother recognized my talents, encouraged me and informed me I was going to be an artist. I loved to color and got into paints and painted things I shouldn’t have been painting! I eventually became the “artist’ of my grade and then evolved into “the Artiste’” of my high school. Ranging from Art Club president to being in charge of decorating committees for homecomings and proms, there was responsibility and challenge. I always had the vision and believed how everything was going to turn out. Color, design and planning excited me! As an entrepreneur, I have continued with that mind set and is something that sticks with me. I have always been attracted to color and have had a great sense of design with art and decorating. This not only took me down the path of fine and graphic arts, but also decorative and faux painting, and also interior decorating with furniture sales. After running my own decorative painting business for over twenty years, I made a turn down the path towards scenic painting in the LA area. I work freelance for the film and event industry doing just that. I believe that there is always room and time to grow and learn new things, and that our talents and desires make us the unique individuals that we are. We are here for a purpose and this is mine.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
It is important to have desire and belief in oneself, the ability to visualize and to believe in the vision for the final product to become alive. Tenacity, continued learning and education, and the courage and fortitude to take risks are also important with what I do. For the last year and a half, I have been a scenic painting artist working freelance with various set construction companies on sets for film, commercials or events in the Los Angeles area. My job is to transform and create something that is new to possibly look old, or to create the look of wood or marble, or to create textures with plasters, and the list continues. I have been fortunate to have worked on fabulous scene projects such as a graphetti wall for Vidcon 2019, “The Voice”, the 2019 Netflix Emmy afterparty set, a “Star Wars” game show for children, a backdrop for an interview with the Dixie Chicks for “Billboard Magazine”, a 2019 American Eagle YouTube Christmas commercial, and the background scenic painting for Comedy Central’s Awkwafina “Nora From Queens” billboard are just a few. On one of my latest projects, I took a fabricated bathtub/backsplash and painted it to look like marble for Kylie Jenner’s personal Instagram page shoot, and also for her Instagram page for her cosmetic line. My work is not glamorous for I work in set construction buildings and come home with paint, dust or dirt all over me, but I love what I do. The idea of transforming and having a vision of how you’re going to make something look is a challenge and exciting! Through the years I have worked on projects with decorators, designers, builders, and remodelers which also evolved into working with restaurant designers on restaurants, event venues and even tackling a huge contemporary chapel. I have even painted a mural on the bottom of a swimming pool! It is also important to take care of the business side in addition to creative side. A final bit of advice when choosing a career path or making a change, is to do what you love to do, and in turn you will be successful.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Day 1 – I will take my best friend to eat a wonderful breakfast at Aroma Cafe’, Studio City and then hit The Ghetty, and then possible Laurel Tavern in Studio City for a drink and bite to eat in the evening. Day 2 – We’ll go horseback riding in Griffith Park up to the Hollywood sign in the morning, catch site of the Griffith Observatory from a view, grab a lunch bite at the Beachwood Cafe, hang by the pool for the rest of the afternoon and then go to Ca del Sole’ in Toluca Lake for dinner. Day 3 – We will head towards Santa Monica Beach in the morning for a day in the sun and to see the Santa Monica Pier, and later hit the 3rd Street Promenade for shopping and a bite to eat. Day 4 – We’ll start out by driving by the Brady Bunch house (since it is close by), eat breakfast at Joan’s on 3rd in Studio City, and then hit Universal City for the day and evening. Day 5 – We will head out taking a scenic drive up to Muholland Dr., then hit the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood just to say they’ve seen it, then onto Beverly Hills to Caffe Roma for lunch, hit some shops and Rodeo Dr. in the afternoon, drive through Beverly Hills to view some of the homes, and have dinner at Chateau Marmont in the evening. Day 6 – We’ll actually visit the Griffith Observatory this day, and hit Sunset Blvd. at night to eat dinner at the Rainbow Bar and Grill and view some of the memorabilia, and onto hang out at Whiskey a Go Go for some rock’n roll. Day 7 – It’s Sunday and we’ll get in an early morning hike at Runyon Canyon and catch some great pics from the views because hopefully, it’s clear, and then we’ll get something to eat and spend time at the Farmer’s Market in Studio City. For the last evening’s dinner, we’ll make it an early dinner at the Magic Castle with a friend who is a member.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My mother and high school art teacher for their belief and encouragement; my friends’ belief and support to make my last position change and huge demographic move; Stephen Readmond, LA producer, for allowing my foot in the door; John Hemsley, Red Truck/Hollywood Elevator set construction company for giving me the opportunity to prove my skills.
Website: www.marybohn.com (currently under construction)
Twitter: Mary Bohn @MaryBohn8
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