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Conversations with Lisa Moore

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lisa Moore. 

Hi Lisa, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Creativity and creating have always played a vital role in my life. Artistically, I have pursued woodworking, interior decorating, and now abstract painting. Deep down I think I always wanted to pursue painting, but it was during a personal health scare in 2018 that really drew me into the world of art and what it means to be a creator of art. During my illness and recovery thereafter, I really sought out God’s plan for my life. I was already a wife to an incredible husband and mother to two wonderful children, but I needed to figure out how God could use my story to become a better version of myself and encourage those around me, all at the same time. After a year of hospital stays, recoveries, and encouragement from others, I felt a nudge to pursue art. Having a degree in Psychology with little formal art training, caused me to pause at the thought of putting myself, and my work, out into the world. I’m thankful I pushed through my fear because I have been beyond blessed by the community of artists that have encouraged me, family and friends that have supported me, and clients that embrace my work in their homes. 

Looking back, I can see how my artistic style has developed over the years. In woodworking, I blended stains and paints to create unique color with texture. When decorating a home, I embrace finding unique, one-of-a-kind treasures to help tell a story. Through painting, I am able to combine these passions using color with texture to help clients tell their story in their personal space. My passion is to help people fill their homes with art at every price point. I believe art can tell a story in more ways than one. 

I’m able to create my work by processing my personal feelings about life through color, texture, and design. As therapeutic as creating the work is for me, I love hearing what others see within my paintings. Whether the meaning to the viewer is the same or different isn’t important, what is important is the power of art and how it can speak to different groups and cultures without saying a word. 

Over the past few years, I have been excited to expand my client footprint through Juried Shows, Galleries, and community businesses displaying my work. Art is meant to be seen and enjoyed by as many people as the day allows. 

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
As a woman of faith, I do believe God has a plan mapped out for our lives. Whether we choose to follow His plan is for us to decide. When I was contemplating pursuing art and deciding if the “nudge” was more than just a feeling, it seemed every article, tv show, and church sermon I listened to was about how God can take what we feel are the weak and vulnerable parts of ourselves and turn them into something beyond what we could imagine. I still believe this today! My art career is more empowering and fun than I ever anticipated! 

Simply put, hearing “no” is never easy. Nobody enjoys having their work rejected, nothing about that is fun. However, each time I hear a “no” I know it just wasn’t the right career move at this time and I look with anticipation to see where the next “yes” door opens. Life isn’t always an easy ride, I do get discouraged when I’m told “no”, but I have to remind myself that tomorrow is a new day with new opportunities. I have to remind myself that art is subjective, some people will appreciate my work and others won’t – but I have to accept that and keep moving forward. When life is hard and the dead ends keep appearing, it’s time to re-route and take a different approach. It’s not that the path you were on was bad, it just wasn’t the right path for you at that particular time. 

I think life is exciting. I look to the horizon and think, “What does God have in store for me next?” There is a peace knowing I just need to keep pursuing my work, being the woman, I’m called to be, and letting life play out as it’s supposed to – nothing more, nothing less. Breathe in, breathe out, and keep going. 

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
It’s neat to watch an artist evolve over their career. Each moment has a purpose, but it isn’t always able to been seen until the end. Looking back on my beginning works until now is quite interesting. My style has evolved, but more than that, I see how I have grown as an artist. I can tell I’m more confident in who I am as an artist within my newer pieces. 

These last few years I catch myself staring at the horizon. I love sunsets over mountains and clouds over oceans. I love how all of creation is made of soft, organic lines – except horizons. Horizons are often very distinct lines, sometimes appearing perfectly straight within our organic surroundings. My eye is constantly drawn to them. These horizontal lines in nature have impacted my work greatly. Often my work includes distinct sections or lines, sometimes soft, other times very crisp. I truly love working within this style. I gravitate toward using earth tones, maybe that represents the organic part of the nature. It’s fun to dissect art and figure out why I create the way I do. Probably a little bit of my psychology degree appearing within my work. 

Another aspect of my work is the texture that I use to give each piece depth. The texture creates a type of topography, resembling the human existence when at times we are joyously living high on a mountain, and other days we are in the deep, low valley. Texture creates the foundation for each piece. Without a textured foundation, the color will be only surface and fall flat upon closer inspection. 

Once the texture is applied, I being adding layers and layers of color. You may see only a few colors from a distant, but up close you see glimpses of all the colorful layers. I truly approach my work as a treasure hunt, a discovery of how each piece will turn out. Usually, I have a few colors I begin working with, but that can take a complete turn by the time I sign the piece. I consider a piece finished and ready for signing, once I step back and am happy with what I have created. Maybe I should coin a term for determining a finished work, but when you know you just know. 

The piece is then signed and sealed. Once I sign a piece, I mentally consider it complete. No more touch-ups allowed – it is how it was meant to be. 

We love surprises, fun facts, and unexpected stories. Is there something you can share that might surprise us?
I tend to be soft-spoken and quiet, leaning somewhere between an intro-and extrovert. Knowing this, if I told you I enjoy playing the piano, that may not surprise you at all since music is another form of art. What you may not guess about me is that I enjoy white water kayaking. We don’t get to go quite as often as we’d like, since we live a little further from the river now, but being on the river is a place I can push myself physically and mentally. Growing up, I also would never have guessed I would kayak, but my husband really enjoyed the sport so I decided to give it a try so we could spend more time together. Little did I know all the amazing memories and self-empowerment I would gain from the sport. My husband supported and encouraged me as I took baby steps in my abilities on the water. He always pushed me a little outside my comfort zone, and although I may not have appreciated it at the time, I very much do now. He has always encouraged me to go beyond what I think I can achieve, from hobbies to my career. He has believed in me from the beginning and I am so grateful. After a long, exhausting day on the river – the satisfaction in knowing you achieved what you didn’t think possible, is a life lesson I will always carry with me. 

Contact Info:

  • Website: LRMooreArt.com
  • Instagram: @LRMooreArt
  • Facebook: LRMooreArt


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