Melody Bogle, Pastels
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
Having grown up in rural Montgomery, Alabama on a farm where cattle were raised and fish were caught, Melody Bogle’s love for the out of doors grew within. Mesmerized by the waters of the large pond and the bobber from her fishing pole she would get lost in that right brain mode of art. As a child the family vacationed to the Emerald Coast, and the love for the waters and the white dunes started to grow. The family then moved to the area where visits to the beach were more frequent.
Painting in oils began just out of high school. Her drawing skills were recognized by her father and the search for a teacher began. From that point on art has been a conscious part of her life. Classes in art were taken wherever she lived. Working as an air traffic controller took her to Chicago and Memphis. Pastels were discovered along the journey and took over as the media of choice then. Now it is hard to say whether oils or pastels are her favorite.
Upon retirement Melody moved back to the Emerald Coast and to South Walton to those beautiful emerald colored waters, the white dunes and those beautiful lilies floating on the waters of those rare Coastal Dune Lakes. Now able to concentrate more on her art she began taking workshops from Nationally known artists whose work she admired. Those included David Leffel, Scott Christensen, CW Mundy, Richard McKinley, Roger Dale Brown and Quang Ho to name only a few.
She was introduced to Plein Air painting locally when taking a pastel workshop with Albert Handel. The love of the out of doors and art together brought a new growth to her work. She joined the local Emerald Coast Plein Air Painters and went out weekly with the group to paint in many locations in the area.
Her artistic gifts are also being used in another manner as she volunteers with Associates for Biblical Research and travels to Israel yearly to participate in their dig at Shiloh and draw the important objects that are unearthed to be used for publication. She calls herself ‘blessed’ as her Lord has brought together the love of archeology and art.
Melody has won many awards in her career but two of the most important were Best in Show at the Cultural Arts Association’s ArtsQuest and the 2016 Visit South Walton Artist of The Year.