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 Lee Bogle  (1947 - )

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Lived/Active: Washington      Known for: female figure and bird painting

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BIOGRAPHY for Lee Bogle
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1947 (Walla Walla, Washington)
 
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Washington

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In the life and career of Lee Bogle, an illness that required a long recuperative period afforded him the opportunity to become well acquainted with his easel and to discover that time is a gift to be treasured.  Of his artwork he says that his goal is to "portray peace and serenity, and for this he uses two vehicles---the human female figure and birds.   He is noted for his elegant calming portraits of Native American women and equally serene portraits of women who often resemble Latinas, . . .(34) He also says he loves "those birds, especailly the herons and egrets, but my first love is the human figure." (37)  His models are usually people that he sees that he finds intriguing rather than hired models.  His interest in the Indian figures likely stems from his grandmother and grandfather who were part Cherokee Indian.

Bogle juxtaposes styles of reality and abstraction and mixes media to create the ultimate effect.  His media include watercolor wash that forms the base; then charcoal, oil, pastels, airbrush, and at times even pencil.

Before his painting career took off, Bogle found teaching art in junior and senior high schools a rewarding career for 20 years. "I enjoyed the drawing and painting classes, and I used those years to experiment in the classroom, so that I could pass the things I learned on to my students," he says. "At the same time, I was developing my own painting career, and in essence, working two full time jobs."

When illness, Crohn's Disease, struck, he was forced to take a leave of absence from the classroom for a year. "During that sabbatical, I could focus my full attention on being an artist rather than being a teacher by day and a painter by night.  It was during that period that I discovered and explored techniques that I employ even today in my work," he continues.

"My studio, which is my home, is my inspiration," he comments. "Floor-to-ceiling windows bring the outdoors in, so that I feel I am part of the seasons. We live on a heavily wooded lot, and our trees are home to countless birds. Because I'm surrounded by nature, it seems natural to apply my watercolor with weeds and thistles."

Of great pleasure to the artist is the fact that his son, Collin, born 1974, is also becoming an artist who is getting attention for his painting, especially wildlife subjects.

Sources:
Michael Scott-Blair, Lee and Collin Bogle, "Taking the Long and Short Road to Success", Wildlife Art, March/April 2008, pp. 34-41

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