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 Ramona Ruth Moore  (1938 - )

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Lived/Active: Alberta / Canada      Known for: horses, rodeo, landscape, portrait

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Born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, in December of 1938, Ramona Ruth Moore had an early exposure to fine artwork. Her mother and grandmother were both artists, and Moore maintains that a little help from genetics is not to be scoffed. Her mother offered advice and encouragement and provided her with the necessary materials, which consisted of a wonderful set of pastel crayons that was the mainstay of her early artwork. During this time portraits were her main interest, particularly native people. But soon she was ready to expand her talent, and, being an accomplished rider, horses soon took over as her favorite subject and oil became her medium of choice.

In high school, Wes Irwin, was her art teacher. She appreciated his bold and direct approach to the canvas. She also took private lessons from Harold Patton whose paintings had lots of impact. He taught her about the bones of a painting, like good composition, balance, perspective, format and space to color, value and texture. Along with her mother, she joined the Calgary Sketch Club and took lessons from Matt Lindstrom. Matt had a wonderfully loose style and loved to paint the foothills country. Moore was drawn to his masterful technique of painting water and trees and, of course, horses. She continued to paint with him for three years. During a painting he seldom cleaned a brush and if he did feel the need, he would often end up sticking it in his wine, which he referred to as his 'inspiration', and he would drink it anyway.

In 1959 she married Norman Moore and, together with her horse, moved to the dairy farm west of Calgary where majestic Moose Mountain was seemingly at their back door. While raising a family of four children, Ruth continued to paint and during this time produced some very satisfying work.

In 1976, Ruth and her family moved east of Innisfail, in Alberta's parkland. Here she was a founding member of the Innisfail Art Club, holding various positions within the club and becoming president. She attended many workshops and seminars given by talented artists. One of these art teachers was Dan Bach. He taught her the master of color and Ruth credits him with her fluidity of color and color combinations. She treats each subject with renewed vigor to create the special mood with the prime consideration being clarity of hue and pleasing eye catching contrasts.

Moore's travels have taken her throughout the prairies and the Rocky Mountains, from New Mexico and California to Alaska and the Yukon and into the High Arctic. She routinely continues with her horseback trips in and near the wonderful Rocky Mountains in order to gather more subject matter. Regardless of the paintings focus, whether it be landscapes, horses, rodeo or wildlife, Moore has continued to engender a feeling of realism in her paintings capturing the 'life and action' of the western lifestyle and the free spirit of adventure in majestic mountains and northern landscapes or old buildings telling of a bygone era.

In 1990, one of Moore's paintings was selected for the permanent collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. She continues to paint with the Innisfail Art Club and she is also a member of the Red Deer and District Allied Arts Council. She is affiliated with Art Groups in the United States and more recently was accepted into Oil Painters of America. In November, 2004, Ruth was profiled as feature artist in the Swedish horse magazine "Hastfynd".

Moore has had many solo and group shows and exhibitions, and her paintings are found in many corporate and private collections throughout the world.

EXHIBITIONS: Alberta; Cowboy Christmas Show, Red Deer, Alberta; Best Western Hotel, Calgary; Red Deer & District Museum; Toronto Opera Art Show & Sale; Calgary Corporate Christmas Card Selection.

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