The following information was submitted by the artists's daughter, Maggie Moore:
Richard "Sparky" Moore was born in Philadelphia in 1925. After serving in the navy in WW II, he studied art at the University of New Mexico. He began his career as a commercial artist in 1953 illustrating such well-known characters as Rin Tin Tin, Zorro and Tarzan. Starting in the 1970's, Sparky worked for Disney, drawing characters such as Winnie the Pooh and the Disney Classics comic strip. Sparky also had the opportunity to be one of the court sketch artists for the infamous Charles Manson trial.
Although he grew up in Philadelphia, he has spent most of his life on a small ranch in California, which is reflected in his west
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