Monday, August 4, 2014

Featuring Artist John Matthew Moore

I only recently discovered John Matthew Moore's amazing works of art and was immediately mesmerized by this paintings!  His intricately detailed works have garnered much attention and publicity. His works of art are included  in many prominent international public and private collections. 

Moore is currently the National Chair for the Art’s Advisory Consul for MADE: In America focusing on bringing attention to diverse arts and artist in America.

Please enjoy my conversation with John

This Flaming Parrot Tulip is done in Sepia Pastel on Paper

1) John, thank you so much for participating in this interview. When did you  discover that art is your passion in life?

 I started drawing at around the age of three.  I have very vivid memories of drawing in those early years.  It's been a passion ever since the beginning.  

2) Your botanicals, sea shells, and landscapes’ are stunning. How was it that you were drawn to these specimens?

I love history and have always been drawn to the artists from the 15th to 19th century that documented subjects of nature on their journeys.  Growing up on a farm in South East Georgia and spending so much of my childhood in the woods around the farm picking up objects and observing wildlife also contributed to this love of nature

Detail of the Reception Hall in the D.C. Design House 2012

3)  What is your favorite medium to work in, and do you mainly produce large scale paintings?

My medium of choice is Gouache, an age old medium used a lot by artists painting in the fields.  The caulk base not only is richer and more vibrant than other mediums like watercolor allowing me to get those really strong luscious colors found in nature, but it lets you highlight over darker colors as well.

John Matthew Moore Fine Art also offers the finest Museum Quality Custom Framing with a wide range of both contemporary and period style moldings. Moore is  also a master gilder and restorer.

4) Where do you find inspiration? Is most of your art created in the studio?

My inspiration comes from everywhere.  Travels to other countries, walks around my city of Washington, DC, photography.  You name it, at some point something that I saw several years ago might find it's way into a painting at some point.  All of my work is done in my studio though! 

Gorgeously framed Shells done in Gouache in the home of designer Tobi Fairly

5) Who are some other artists that you admire, and do you have or have had a mentor?

It's hard to list just a few artists I admire.  There are so many from the artist of centuries past to modern artists of today.  No matter what their style or subject matter, there is something to obtain from their work.

6)  John, what are a few of your favorite pastimes?

My favorite pastimes are traveling and seeing other cultures, spending hours in museums or somewhere quiet surrounded by nature.  It's all fulfilling in some way.

7) John what advice do you have for the beginning artist at any age in life?

My advice is to do what feels right to you.  You should be your biggest judge.  Also art, as in writing, should be about something you know or respond to.  That's what has always worked for me.

Artist John Matthew Moore

Be sure to visit John's web site at 
John does most of his fine works of art by private commissions and he currently lives in Washington D.C.  

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cindy hattersley design said...

OOOOH! I love his work Karena! I am heading to check it out! I am going to post this on my Facebook Page!!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Oh my..I have noticed and loved his art before however did not know the I know...what a great talent...just love his work...I think one of my favorites are the sepias that are in the stairwell...and how great that he has memories of drawing at the age of 3...great interview Karena...thanks so much!

Monnaie said...

Nice interior decoration and interior furnishing

Kristen @ Pursuing Vintage said...

Beautiful! Such detail!
And a fellow DC-er! Yay!
Thanks for sharing, Karena.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning my dear Karena! Another inspiring post on people who really have patience to work in mediums that are mysterious and compelling to me! And you are ONE OF THESE PEOPLE! I'll always love that post with your own paintings. Thank you for coming to visit my post with all my own photos (an art I need to improve) and yes my dear friend, may your surgery be successful in complete newness and healing!!! Anita

Pura Vida said...

what gorgeous work that you have showed us. thank you Karena!

Pura Vida said...

I am discovering that your new posts don't make it to the top of my list for some now that I know I will just click on and see what you are up to..all this time I thought you were "resting"...haha...

La Contessa said...

Love the idea there is a group of MADE IN AMERICA!I just made a big purchase yesterday of clothing that was made in AMERICA!OREGON actually.......which made me feel REALLY GOOD!His work is lovely.Thanks for the introduction!

Teresa Hatfield ~ Splendid Sass said...

Wow! Thank you for sharing this talented artist's work! John really creates beautiful work.

Stacy CUrran said...

Oh my gosh his work is stunning! It is great to know of hi - thank you!

Fashion-isha said...

I love flower and fruit prints. Everything here is so pretty!

Unknown said...

Fantastic interview with an amazing talent, Karena. His pieces are truly unique and his passion comes through. Thanks for sharing!

I Dream Of said...

Wonderful interview, Karena! Thanks so much for the introduction. I just love that first painting - and, of course, seeing how well his work blends with my favorite blue and white!

Hope you are having a beautiful week! XOXO

Decor To Adore said...

I just love your artist series. It is so wonderful to learn about an artist more indepthly. I am now going to try my hand at Gouache. :)

Karena~ on a side note do you have your own paintings for sale listed somewhere. I would like to find something to hang on my walls and smile every time I see it because I think of you. :)

Taylor Greenwalt said...

I love his art...Im going to check it out!

Trouvais said...

Hi Karena! Love that tulip he caught the petals flinging themselves open to the sun, the vibrancy of color and the detail of the veining. Thank you for always bringing us beauty! Trish

Splendid Market said...

What incredible pieces, the collection of seashells in that house are just beautiful and I adore the pumpkin. His level of detail and understanding is so amazing, that first tulip almost looks like a photo. Wonderful interview, Karena, thank you for this introduction.

I am trying to get your new address on my blogroll, since the one I have hasn't been active for months. Fingers crossed it will work this time, xo, ebh

Splendid Market said...

Karena: isn't recognized by blogger for adding your new address to my blog roll, do you have another url you would recommend I use?? Emily

Elizabeth at Eiffel Tells said...

Exquisite work (I adore botanical art) and great advice for the beginning artist. Bisous

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