On April 29, 1965, David Bogle was born the youngest of four sons to William Thomas Bogle, a factory worker, and mother, Connielee, a waitress, of Lansing, Michigan. While attending Maple Grove Elementary, he produced pictures that astonished the teachers and staff, as early as kindergarten, on a daily basis. After transferring to Wexford Elementary in third grade, his talents gained acknowledgement with the school Carnival Poster contest winner three years in a row and scholarships to KesgeArtCenter at MichiganStateUniversity.
Upon moving to Grand Terrace, California in 1977, he began taking adult enrichment courses in oil painting. He was only twelve at the time, but after seeing his work, the instructor granted him special permission. By the age of 14, he began taking art classes at San BernardinoCommunity College in southern California. During this period, he developed an interest in barns, covered bridges, and missions, producing numerous oil paintings on these subjects.
David moved back to Lansing, Michigan, at 16, living on his own in a rooming house on the north side of the city. Working his way through high school, he developed renderings and oil paintings of the old buildings in the area. While attending EasternHigh School in Lansing, he entered the student art show dominating the awards with 1st place in painting, 1st place in sculpture, 1st and 3rd place in creative writing. Two weeks before graduation, he skipped an art class and found himself expelled from high school. After enrolling in adult education, he received his high school diploma in one and a half weeks.
In 1983, David began his education at LansingCommunity College, majoring in commercial art illustration, and with a minor in advertising design and layout. He earned his internship with Beurman Marshall Corporation, Lansing, Michigan. He experienced his first published illustration with their mailer for Oldsmobile announcing the Olds Calais. He graduated L.C.C .with two degrees, a 3.67 g.p.a., and with honor: Phi Theta Kappa and Magna Cume Laude. At the age of 20, David entered three paintings in L.C.C.’s student art show under the classifications of full color illustration- painting. His talent astonished the judges who awarded him 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place with 1st place taking “Best in Show” out of over 350 entries, a president was set. Soon after, Inco Graphics of Mason, Michigan, offered David $1,200 for his “Best in Show” painting to use on their 1985 company calendar. This offer was declined. The thought of this special piece having only limited exposure then ending up hidden in a drawer was not something he could consider. After graduation, he began doing freelance illustrations for various marketing and advertising firms in the Lansing area.
By 1987, he was the house artist for a sign and screen printing company in Lansing, where he took up airbrushing and met Lenny of Signs by Lenny, whom over the past 20 years has been a great motivator and supporter of his artistic endeavors. The direction of his business moved towards vinyl graphics and pin striping which afforded David the opportunity to add custom airbrushing to his artistic repertoire and expound his freelance business with projects from Lenny for his clients that prefer custom airbrushing.
In 1991 David was the store artist for Charlotte Art Glass on Michigan Avenue in Lansing. Here he learned the limitations of glass and various techniques involved in stained glass production and restoration. David expressed his talent for the stained glass medium through lampshades, boxes, sun catchers, custom kitchen cabinet inserts, doors, windows, and churches. He produced 22 windows for Mt.HopeUnitedMethodistChurch in Lansing, which blended with the existing antique windows of the church, of which he assisted in restoring. Soon after this project was completed, David became the manager of the art glass division of Charlotte Art Glass’s main facility in Charlotte, Michigan.
In 1993 David was contacted by a friend and fellow artist, Tom Phillips, proprietor of Fantasy Art located in Lansing, Mi. and was offered a place assisting in a collaborated project to execute the designs created by Mark Herrick for the interior art work of the new Marshall Music location being constructed in the Frandor area, before the completion of the designs, Dan Marshall requested that the three artists complete individual paintings to be permanently displayed within the store.
1994 he was hired by another stained glass store of Lansing to create a design for The First Congregational Church of Grand Ledge, Mi. these designs eventually extended to a total of 77 panels, behind the altar as well as the main wall. In 1995 went back to L.C.C. for a degree in computer graphics to learn Photoshop and Illustration.
In 1997 he was contacted by Lenny of “Signs by Lenny” to airbrush a dune buggy hood for the Bee Buggy Builders of Jackson, MI. This painting was awarded best in Show for custom paint in the 1997 Jackson dune buggy show. Over the next 11 years David’s artwork varied from the occasional custom automotive airbrushing to a more fine arts approach of painting and photographing for his own personal enjoyment.
In 2008 David was commissioned to do a large mural at the Fairview Adult Foster Care Home in Grand Ledge, Mi. subsequently leading to more artwork commissioned by the owners of Fairview.
David is also illustrating children's books for 2Moon publishing in Marshall.
David resides in Lansing, MI with his 12 year old son Cameron, Onyx and Ginger the cats and looks forward to his next visit with son David Jr"DJ" his bride Chelsea and his beautiful granddaughter Leiloni.