Artists have known the perks and pain points of working from home long before the rest of the world caught on. Many of Dallas’ visual creatives, both up-and-coming and established, prefer the comfort and inspiration that comes from creating in a familiar place. But how that environment informs their work—and how their aesthetic, in turn, influences their living spaces—is wholly individual. We went inside the homes of six local artists, whose means of self-expression on and off the canvas give a revealing peek into their distinct personalities and points of view.
At 46 years old and the height of her career, Brenda Bogart found herself called to retire her interior-design business and pursue art full-time. With little formal art training and no way of knowing if this would be a profitable endeavor, it was, to put it lightly, a leap of faith. Bogart went back to school; fifteen years and many highs and lows later, she’s found her sweet spot in life, represented locally by Blue Print Gallery.
In 2015, Bogart and her husband, Bill, purchased a lot in the rolling hills of Bluffview. Other buyers failed to recognize the potential of the lot, which was located in a floodplain, but the couple had a vision. Bogart’s love for nature not only inspires her art but was the driving force in choosing to build a home that seamlessly blended the interior with exterior. Bolstered with three decades of interior design experience and the help of architect Bentley Tibbs, the couple’s mid-century rustic dream home was born.