We had the good fortune of connecting with Nancy Christy-Moore and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nancy, what do you attribute your success to?
When I first started painting full-time professionally I thought I was on a journey with some definite goals: painting, teaching, traveling, growth, legacy. 40+ years later I consider that I have successfully fulfilled most all of those goals. Having struck out on unknown paths and in many different places each with different challenges, I have learned to rely on my faith in God’s will for all outcomes. This faith has kept me on the path and rewarded me with outcomes I never imagined. An invitation to hold a solo show in Japan where nearly all my paintings sold out within 10 days was a true highlight. Then more recently the Put Some Colour In Your Life film crew came to film me in my Surprise studio and that is my legacy on film and shown world-wide.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I began painting in watercolors and soon added acrylics and mixed media, such as rice paper collage and lately alcohol inks to the mix. It took me a number of years to develop the painting process I am currently using. I like to explain it by telling people I create chaos and make order out of it. Rather than “copy” what I see, or reproduce it, I am known for abstracting what I am feeling about my subject. For instance, the horse series I have been producing for over 20 years now is an emotional reaction to the horses and the colors and movements I find within the abstract compositions. Yes, you can recognize them as horses, but the colors and shapes define their moods and create a story about them. So my paintings are a “discovered” story, rather than a planned image. That’s what I call “Inner Painting” and is clearly very different from what I was taught in art school and formal classes. No artist will honestly tell you their journey in art was easy and I am no exception. Challenges arose personally because of all the moving around the country, finding new galleries and new teaching positions and posibilities. Happily I found in each situation very helpful and supportive people, both professionally and personally. In every instance I continued to grow in spirit and in knowlege of the art world and the business of art itself. I have learned that there is always a way to overcome every challenge, and with God’s help, never to give up. Many times adversity seemed overwhelming and each time just as I was about to give up, something would happen – like a buyer wanting a commisison or several paintings selling at galleries, and I kept going. I am now clear that my path in life is to create the expression of the love and joy I perceive in living. I love connecting with the people who “adopt” my creations and often find them very inspiring to me and my journey.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love introducing out of state people to my favorite places such as Sedona, the Grand Canyon, Prescott, Bisbee, Tombstone, and the nearby Scottsdale arts district. There are too many places to name them all, but in Old Town Scottsdale I usually take them to the Sugar Bowl – an old fashioned ice cream parlor and sandwich shop. In Sedona and Prescott the many old fashioned bars lend the western flavor I think they will enjoy. In Tombstone, Big Nose Kate’s with the piano players and entertainment while you eat is memorable! Arizona is a very special “outdoorsy” place (especially in Fall, Winter & Spring) everyone I entertain seems to enjoy.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My 40+ year art career wouldn’t be where it is today if it weren’t for my very supportive and loving late husband, Jack Moore. When we married 47 years ago he noticed my artistic creations and knew my art training background was very special to me. As a working mother of one young daughter and soon after, custody of one of his sons, I had little time to let my creative juices flow. It was at his insistance that I found that time and space. He built me my first real studio when we lived in the San Bernardino Mountains of southern California, and helped me with Studio Open Houses and carrying work to galleries and art shows in the mountain communities and down in the Redlands/San Bernardino area. I went from being a working mother to being an working artist and instructor of classes at Junior Colleges and art centers in three states: California, Kansas and now in Arizona. In every place we lived he made sure my studio space was a priority and used his carpentry skills to provide proper lighting and storage for both my supplies and my work.