Sheryl Bodily (b. 1936) is known for his signature western scenes, including Stagecoach depictions. Here a pair of drivers guide their mismatched team of horses through a western valley – perhaps it’s the Santa Fe Trail, along a river bottom in the dry time of the year. Oil on board, 14″w x 11″ high.
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A western wildlife and landscape artist, Sheryl Bodily (b.1936) is a resident of Montana.
His popular subjects rendered in oil and pencil include Indian scenes with children, old cabins, wagon trains, stagecoaches and wildlife. He is widely exhibited in Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico; Sedona, Arizona and Idaho.
Sheryl Bodily sold his first paintings in 1970 at an art auction held through the Pacific Northwest Indian Center in Spokane, Washington. A good deal of excitement was caused when Mr. Bodily’s paintings were sold at auction for twice their listed value. He repeated that performance at another art auction in Great Falls, Montana, and suddenly an artist who had been painting professionally for 12 years, two of them full time, was discovered.
He suddenly found himself in the enviable position of having more advance commissions than he could readily complete.
Sheryl Bodily was born in Boise, Idaho, in 1936, the second oldest in a family with one brother and four sisters. Mr. Bodily’s father was a farmer in the Boise Valley, and the family lived on at least six farms in that region. He described his father as the breadwinner and his mother as the counselor and teacher in his early years. “I remember milking eight to fifteen cows which was always my chore, but my real interest was collecting arrowheads and other artifacts in Rocky Canyon with my younger brother.”
Bodily’s enthusiastic interest in Native American people and their contemporary culture has continued to grow over the years and has had a tremendous influence on his art. He first remembers drawing in the first grade of the Meridian, Idaho Grade School, and being told at that time by his teacher that someday he would become an artist. The artist laughingly suggested that, “it took nearly thirty years to prove her right.”
Oil has been his primary medium since about age 14. He has also completed a number of works in pen and ink, but at present works almost entirely in oils. “I would like to do more pen and inks, but I´m so busy now with oils that I really can’t find the time.”
He also studied commercial art for two years at Brigham Young University in Utah. Commercial art held little interest for him as a lifetime pursuit, and at the end of two years he accepted a call to serve a two and one half year mission for his church to the Spanish speaking peoples of Texas and New Mexico. During this period, and shortly afterward, he traveled extensively in the southwest and expanded his interest in contemporary and historical Native American culture to include those of the southwest. Those years certainly influenced his art and this can occasionally be seen in the rich colors used in the countrysides depicted in some of his works.