Norma Jean Moore
Norma Jean Moore’s earliest memories of engaging in art consists of drawing peacocks and opening the 64 Crayola Crayons to use as many colors as possible. She was in her mid-twenties by the time her formal training of art began. Some of her influential teachers for painting and drawing included Elen Feinberg and Jim Jacob. Her work focused on the replication of seen color using oil paints and the exploration of textures with drawing pencils on various paper surfaces. In 1984, she completed a bachelors of art education (BAE) from the University of New Mexico. For the next 24 years she would work in the public schools teaching art and English as a Second Language.
In 1990, she took a five year break from teaching and found her first studio, away from the kitchen table, at the Guadalupe Annex, San Antonio, Tx. Issues of home and homelessness came to the forefront of her work. due to the encounters with the homeless in route to the studio. During this time she continued her education by completing her Masters of Art Education (MAE) from Texas Tech at Junction.
Norma is an avid hiker and finds her inspiration on the ground. Her ground-scapes explore the surface textures and colors of water, rocks, and plants. She finds the perspective of looking at the ground much more intimate and complex than traditional panoramic scenes. There is a quiet dynamic force always present on the ground.