Brian J Bohnett – The Remarkable Enid Markey


“’Raw talent’ sums up the artwork of Sally Rowland! Add in a natural feel for balance, design and color, and you have one of the  best self-taught artists around. A wonderful artist… and a wonderful person!  I was honored to have one of Ms. Rowland’s portraits reproduced in my book, and immediately enlisted her talents for the next.”

~ Brian J. Bohnett,  Michigan, USA


Brian Bohnett is not only an author, but a researcher, illustrator and graphic designer.  He has his own publishing company “Mad Kings Publishing” and has published several books to date with more in the works.  I have known Brian for some years and was thrilled when he asked if a digital painting I did could be included in his book “The Remarkable Enid Markey – First Lady of the Tarzan Films.”  (Published in 2012). While I know most of us have heard of Tarzan, I know I had never heard of Enid Markey.

The video below – produced by Zac Miller for the book –  explains, in a fun way, just who Enid Markey was.  I must admit that I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book as it was easy to digest and loaded with photographs, illustrations and all things “Markey”.


Enid Markey - greyscale version
Enid Markey – Original grey scale version

Always wanting to improve my art, and also teach myself how to paint digitally, I took one of the old photos of Enid and began playing about with it.  I  originally did it in greyscale ( because of course the original was black and white).

I then decided to experiment with my painting software and to get the coloured version I simply did lots of layers for each area – skin, hair, dress, headscarf etc – and set them as overlays so that the detail underneath would still show through.  I am just happy that Brian deemed it good enough to put in his book.



Enid Markey - Final colour version used in the book.
Enid Markey – Final colour version used in the book.

If you would like to learn more about Enid, the book, or other books written by Brian, you can join the Mad Kings Publishing Facebook Group hosted by him. (Note that it is a closed group so you would have to send a request to join. See you there!


PS – I have since completed some more artwork for one of Brian’s upcoming books – all very exciting indeed!



Self taught artist back living in New Zealand after more than a decade of living in Canada. Starting over in more ways than one but always up for the challenge!

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