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 John Moyers  (1958 - )

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Lived/Active: New Mexico / Canada      Known for: landscape, western figure-genre, and portrait-Indians

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, John Moyers became a noted painter of western subjects. He was raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico and was exposed to fine art from an early age because his father, Bill Moyers, was a professional painter and sculptor.

John attended the Laguna Beach School of Art and the California Institute for the Arts on a Walt Disney Studios scholarship. He worked briefly as an animation cartoonist in California and then went to British Columbia where he painted wild animals with Robert Lougheed. There he met Terri Kelly, his wife and well-known artist, and they settled in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 1994, he was elected to membership in the Cowboy Artists of America.

John Moyers won two gold medals at the 37th Annual (2002) Cowboy Artists of America Sale and Exhibition at the Phoenix Art Museum. One gold medal was for his oil on linen " White Man's Leftovers" and the second medal was awarded for an ink on paper entitled "Making Time."

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Biography from Nedra Matteucci Galleries:
Atlanta-born John Moyers grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the son of Cowboy Artists of America painter, William Moyers.  He had a natural affinity for art, and he grew up surrounded by paintings and sculpture during his formative years.  He studied at the Laguna Beach School of Art and the California Institute for the Arts on a Walt Disney Studio scholarship.  But it was in 1979 that Moyers was invited to attend a month-long workshop at the Okanagan Game Farm in British Columbia, led by another Cowboy Artist, Robert Lougheed. These workshops were one of few places where an artist could study traditional techniques for painting deer, musk ox, and other wild animals from real life. That workshop proved to be a turning point for Moyers and his art. The experience of painting ‘plein air’ day after day was a truly eye-opening experience in the way he approached a subject and in the way he captured it on canvas. The workshop was also where he met his future wife, Terri.

In the ensuing years Moyer's career has progressed steadily, earning him recognition at the Prix de West Show at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, Oklahoma City, and at the Masters of the American West Show at the Autry Museum of Western Heritage, Los Angeles.  Having been a member of the Cowboy Artists of America since 1994 and served as president of the group, he also exhibits at the annual Cowboy Artists of America show at the Phoenix Art Museum.  He has received top awards for more than seven years running at the CAA exhibitions in both oil and water soluble media.

He paints American Indians, cowboys, themes from Old Mexico and New Mexico, and landscapes. “I paint what excites me. Maybe for two months all I want to do is landscapes, then maybe Native Americans and then Mexican pieces.” Moyers also says, “The more you paint, the more comfortable you get with the process. Hopefully, I’m improving all the time.”

Moyers and his wife, Terri, and their son, Josh, live and paint in Santa Fe, New Mexico, while continuing to make annual pilgrimages to Canada where they never fail to be inspired by the rugged beauty of the northern landscapes of the American continent.

Biography from Altermann Galleries and Auctioneers, IV:
John Moyers grew up in an artistic environment in New Mexico and could count as his first role model, his father, the well-known painter and illustrator William Moyers. That early tutoring and encouragement set the stage for a number of academic experiences that have given Moyers a passionate desire to paint the beauty and serenity of nature.

Moyers, and his artist wife, Terri Kelly Moyers, both consider 1979 a turning point in their approach to art. Moyers had been working in animation studios in California, but had decided to devote his career to fine art. He went to the Okanagan Game Farm in Penticton, British Columbia, to study game and paint from real life. While there, he also met his future wife.

They studied there for five years and both said, in an article in Southwest Art, “The experience was exactly what we needed. We had attended art school where the emphasis was not on traditional academic studies but on painting abstractly. The time-honored techniques of color and value and working outdoors from life had to be discovered anew at the game farm. Everyone there was united in his or her view of good art.”

Moyers and his wife have studied with some of the most superb artists in this country and Canada, including Robert Lougheed, J. Noel Tucker, and Ramon Froman. Moyers also has studied at the California Institute for the Arts and the Laguna Beach School of Art.

In 1994, Moyers was elected to the Cowboy Artists of America and won a Silver Medal in 1996 and 2001, a Gold Medal in Oil and Best of Show in 1997, and the CAA Award in 2000.

In 2002, he was among four artists selected to participate in the annual Rendezvous at Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

A profile on Moyers in the January/February 2001 issue of Art of the West, described Moyers as “modest” and said his painting style has remained somewhat constant. “Maybe I’m a little more polished,” Moyers notes. “I hope people like what I do. I just try to paint. I try to make the values and colors as true to life as I can.”

Resource: Prix de West, 2002 Invitational Exhibition Catalog

Biography from Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery Santa FeTucson:
John Moyers the son of acclaimed western artist, William Moyers (a member and three-time president of the Cowboy Artists of America), was bred to be a western artist. Although John Moyers was born in Atlanta, G.A., he spent most of his youth in New Mexico.

John Moyers followed closely in the footsteps of his father beginning his career as an illustrator working as an animator at Walt Disney Studios in California. The indoor studiowork, however, was not what Moyers was driven to do, and in 1979 he accepted an invitation from Cowboy Artist Robert Lougheed to attend an artist workshop at a game preserve in British Columbia. At the workshop, John Moyers honed his plein air painting skills, and met his future wife, Canadian native and fellow workshop attendee, Terri Kelly Moyers.

Accuracy may be the best way to describe the art of John Moyers. He captures the essential qualities of a scene by precisely representing colors and values. Moyers goes one-stepfurther by using authentic props making his pieces historically correct. The ability of John Moyers to capture these scenes has led to a successful career, which has been highlighted by his induction into the Cowboy Artists of America.

Cowboy Artists of America Awards include: Silver Medal Oil 2004, Best of Show and Gold Oil Award 2003, The Cowboy Artists Award or Artists Choice 2002, 2000, Gold Medal Oil 2002, 1997, Silver Medal Oil 2001, 1996, and Gold Medal Drawing and Other Media 2002. John Moyers 2005 Cowboy Artists of America Gold Medal Oil, Gold Medal Water Solubles, and Kieckhefer Award (Best in Show).

John Moyers 2006 Cowboy Artists of America Awards: Artists Choice Award, Keickhefer Award, Gold Medal Water Soluble, Silver Medal Oil.

Biography from Claggett/Rey Gallery:
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, John was born to parents who later moved their family to Albuquerque, where he spent the greater portion of his childhood. As the son of Cowboy Artist of America member William Moyers, John was raised in a household that lived and breathed art. His parents were very supportive of his artistic ambition. "Art was all around me. Dad would go over my work and help me see the areas that needed improvement. I just grew up with art."

John spent a memorable year at the Laguna Beach School of Art. Courses centered on life drawing, and he enrolled in both day and night classes. Next he attended the California Institute for the Arts, with the help of a Walt Disney Studios scholarship. Classes were on animation techniques. "Even though I never went into that field," he explains, "I really grew from the experience. They had such great instructors."

CA artist Robert Lougheed invited him to paint wild animals at the Oklahoma Game farm in British Columbia. It was there, in 1979, that Moyers met Terri Kelly, also an artist. They were married in 1982.

On October 9, 1994, Moyers joined the Cowboy Artists of America. In 2002, John was awarded the CA Show's Gold Medal for oil painting and was honored by a vote of the entire CAA membership with the Cowboy Artists of America Award for best overall for his exemplary artworks in the Exhibition. He was honored at the 2003 CA Show with a Gold Medal and the Kieckhefer Award for his oil painting Gathering Storm.

Biography from Nuevo Santander Gallery:
John Moyers was born outside Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1958. Moyers is the son of noted illustrator and western painter William Moyers. He worked briefly in the cartoon industry drawing Spider Man. He also attended the Okanagan Game Farm workshop in Princeton, British Columbia, Canada for many years. His education included classes at the Laguna Beach School of Art and at the California Institute for the Arts. He also studied under renowned painter Robert Lougheed. Moyers was elected to the Cowboy Artists of America in 1994. His work is the subject of an article in the February 2000 issue of Southwest Art. With natural talent and years spent developing his skills, the artist is able to capture the spirit deep inside his subjects in a way that reveals their very essence. Viewers are transformed by his work.

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