20 Aug Jay Moore
Scenes from the old West will come to life in paintings and sculptures that will fill the galleries of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, with the opening of the 10th annual Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. In one gallery, the only gallery like it in the state of Indiana, visitors can see and be the first to bid on millions of dollars in artwork from 50 coveted Western artists. Meet Quest for the West Artist Jay Moore.
Born 1964, in Denver, Colorado; lives in Parker, Colorado
Moonrise at Lake Dillon
2015, oil on linen, 16 x 20 inches
I am always captivated by the moon. Every time I see outdoors, it seems to catch me off guard. It gives off a soft glow that adds a certain mood and calmness that seems universal to all of us. It affects the tides of the ocean, when the fishing is best, and a full even has even been known to cause women to go into labor. This painting is a tribute to this “lesser luminary.”
JAY MOORE GREW UP in Evergreen, Colorado, spending nearly every waking moment outdoors: fishing, camping, swimming, and absorbing the subtleties of nature that every good sportsman and artists needs. “My bond with nature formed early and became deeply rooted,” he says. He graduated at the top of his class from the Colorado Institute of Art and worked in graphic design and illustration for several years. It was a plein air painting workshop with the master landscape painter Clyde Aspevig that convinced him to concentrate full-time on painting.
“If every artist has a subject that is their sweet spot,” Jay says, “something that they love to paint and that they become known for, mine would be water. I just love painting and trying to achieve the illusion of water. I am challenged by capturing the depth, the current, the reflections, ripples, whatever… Whether it be streams, rivers, lakes, oceans, waterfalls, I love it all.” His work is in the collections of the Denver Art Museum and the Pioneer Museum in Colorado Springs as well as many corporate and private collections.
Notable Awards and Achievements:
2003 National Park Service, Art for the Parks, Landscape Award of Merit (also 2000, 2001, 2002)
1994 National Park Service, Art for the Parks, Top 100
Astoria Fine Art, Jackson, Wyoming
Keating Fine Art, Aspen, Colorado
Oh-Be-Joyful Gallery, Crested Butte, Colorado
Saks Gallery, Denver, Colorado
Trailside Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jackson, Wyoming