Today we’d like to introduce you to Mary Rountree Moore.
Mary Rountree Moore, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
My earlier career path began with 15 years as a fashion designer in NYC and NC, followed by almost 7 years as design coordinator for Vietri, Inc, an importer of Italian tabletop and accessories. My Italian travels and work directly with the artisans was unforgettable. My major responsibilities included product design, art direction and photo stying for the catalogue. All the while I was painting, but only after I left my “day job” did I focused full time in the studio, since 1998. During this time, I studied painting at the National Academy School of Fine Arts in NYC. Occasional en plein air workshops have been a pleasure in the past; currently, however, my work tends to the abstract and most painting time is spent in my Chapel Hill NC studio. And very often I am listening to great music as I paint!
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My work includes expressions in many mediums – oil on canvas, acrylic, concentrated watercolor, paper collage and mixed media such as oil sticks and graphite. It is greatly influenced by my travels, especially the coastline of NC, SC, as well as the Caribbean and Europe,
As I have evolved as an artist my work has taken a more abstract direction, and often times in large format. Nature is my most important influence.
I strive to capture the feeling of those fleeting moments of the sublime – the vast beauty of nature which humbles us all. The images are derived from nature’s innate abstractions, allowing the mind’s eye to gather it’s on interpretations. It is the memory of those undeniable visual experiences that gives me inspiration.
Do you think conditions are generally improving for artists? What more can cities and communities do to improve conditions for artists?
I can’t imagine that most artists would not agree that it is difficult this day and age to support oneself by making art alone. Communities that mandate public art, corporations that encourage art collections for their employees and clients to view, and businesses that support local exhibitions can make a major difference.
I try to encourage any interest in making art in my friends and acquaintances – you just don’t know until you try! As you can see in the photos I have great fun guiding my grandchildren to follow their passion – two of my four grands are pictured here, in my studio. I have life size photos of them hanging in my studio which make me smile each day!
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
You can find my work at Hidell Brooks Gallery in Charlotte NC – hidellbrooks.com – and Blueprint Store in Dallas – blueprint-gallery.com, as well as The Mahler Fine Art – themahlerfineart.com – in Raleigh NC.
I spent much time in 2009-2011 in Atlanta where I was represented by Anne Irwin Fine Art, Atlanta. We had a condo at the Reid House, across from the High Museum. I took my daily walks through the property and was constantly inspired by the High’s art collections. I retain my Atlanta connections through my nephew John Lineweaver and his partner John Oetgen, both well known in their creative fields as graphic designer and interior designer, respectively.
Please follow me on Instagram and Facebook to see more art and hear about shows!!
- Address: Chapel Hill NC
- Website: www.maryrountreemoore.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: maryrountreemoore
- Facebook: Mary Rountree Moore studio
The building is my studio, on the same property as our home. en plein air photo is at our home at the NC coast.