Because of his father’s post at SJ (the Swedish Railway), Sven Bohman moved around quite a bit during his early years, before the family settled in Boden. As a teenager Bohman was interested in drawing and painting, the oldest extant work of him is a portrait from 1934. Working in a paint shop as an adult, where there was a department for artist material, stimulated his interest additionally. He was a self-taught artist and by private studies he came to master oil, water-colour, gouache and pastels; in these different techniques he executed delicate natural sceneries.