Starting spring off in the mountains here with our first Artist Expose! Stayed tuned as we'll bring you someone new and fabulous a couple times a month! Enjoy!
1. How did you discover your craft? My high school art teacher introduced me to the genre of folk art about 25 years ago. I naturally gravitated more toward the primitive, outsider, and self-taught artists we studies in school. I also love hoarding all kinds of cool junk. My art has always involved using salvaged materials but has evolved in the last 10 years from painted art to paint-less art bringing in all the color to our work using vintage beer/soda cans and bottle caps. I am also a huge fan of rustic, weathered, woods. My daughters have been making art with me for five years now. They sell their work along side mine as we gain a national audience.
2. How long have you been mastering your craft? 25 years. The girls have been working on art for about 5 years.
3. Where do you live in Colorado? Littleton
4. How did you get to Colorado if you are not originally from here? My job in construction management moved us here to Colorado about 3 ½ years ago. Our family also spend two summers in Estes Park back in the early 2000s too.
5. What specifically inspires you and your work? I love the challenge and the journey involved in making upcycled art. I have to constantly hunt down materials for our work. We cannot just walk into a craft supply store and buy want we need. We antique, garage sale, search online, dumpster dive and find stuff on the side of the road. Half the time it takes to make a piece of our art is the journey of finding the materials for the art. I also love tapping into the natural environment we live around. In Florida we were inspired by our coastal surroundings. Now that we are in Colorado we gain inspiration from the mountains and the wildlife that live here.
6. Tell us something fun about you and what you do? The Moores own three Honda Odysseys. 2 for hauling art. 1 for hauling our family of 7. All 5 of the Moore children sing and 2 of them play instruments. We are starting a band in 2017. Alan eats a least 3 donuts per week-that is his favorite food.
7. What are your three favorite foods? Donuts, gummy bears, German chocolate cake
8. What time of day do you feel most inspired? I love the evening when the Moore household is more mellow and quite. I lock myself in our home studio, turn up the music, and start creating. The other time is all day every day if we participate in an artist residency or if I take off a week from my “real” job.
9. If you could have any other talent, what would it be? Flying or teleportation or singing.
10. Is there anything else that you would like to share with your adoring public?
We currently sell our work in shops/galleries in Colorado and Florida. We will be in California and Virginia by the end of the summer. We love selling in towns with a draw for tourists-beach and mountain towns primarily. From these places we have gained a national audience. Our owners and collectors often find our work in these shops/galleries and bring them to their home state.
One of the primary reasons we have a family business is to teach our children hard work, the value of a dollar, and entrepreneurship. All that stuff that they may not learn in secondary school or college.
Backstory written by the artist...
Alan Moore was born in Montgomery, Alabama and grew up all over the States and in Europe. As a child and teen, Alan’s favorite classes in school were art, drafting, and shop. In his younger years, it was not rare for Alan to commandeer trash and other objects laying around the house to construct upcycled sculptures and other forms of practical art.
Alan’s folk art had its early beginnings over 25 years ago as a high school art assignment. His art teacher introduced the class to different primitive artists in history and had them create several pieces of their own.
Alan attended the University of Florida after high school and studied construction management. Alan put aside any serious focus on art for more than 10 years as he studied, married Lori, and started a family.
During their 17 years of marriage, Lori and Alan have moved back and forth between Florida and Colorado. During a 2004 summer long stay in Estes Park, Colorado, Alan, inspired by his surroundings and a longing to create again, broke his 10-year lull from art and staring creating again. After that summer in the mountains, Alan experienced a revival of sorts and began, like many great southern folk artist before him, painting on anything he put his hands on: weathered woods, rusty metal, old furniture, etc. Recycled, salvaged, and upcycled materials have been Alan’s medium from his childhood, and has matured into his own style of southern folk and outsider art.
Over the last 10 years, Alan’s folk art has evolved from painted work to almost paint-less works, using a wide variety of salvaged materials: 100 year old pianos, roof metals, vintage bottle caps, steel soda cans, river-sunk driftwoods, antiques, farm equipment, and so much more.
Alan has also begun involving his children in his art world. His daughters, Isabella (16) and Emma (13), have gone from helpers at art festivals and in the studio to budding artists selling their own art across the nation. The girls also teach recycled art classes to kids their own age. Isabella and Emma are now fully engaged in what the Moores call “The Moore Family Folk Art.” Alan’s boys, Aidan (11), Liam (9), and Kian (6), are great helpers and are starting to dabble in the folk art world.
The Moores strive to promote family-based creativity and environmental stewardship through art classes, exhibits, festivals, and speaking engagements.