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 western art. Always a great storyteller, Sparks lets his illustrations "tell the tale". His unique style highlights the ruggedness of western life. The simplicity of his subjects is balanced by the intricate features in his work. His illustrations are infused with detail and humor.
Although pen and ink is his favorite medium, Sparky also dabbles in watercolor, acrylic and oil. He recently began painting ceramic tiles in western themes, one being a 7 foot long, 20 tile "cattle drive. Sparky's talents also include carving and painting rocking horses.
Sparky lives on a ranch in Templeton, California. Until her death in 2005, Sparky and his wife Helen lived the "ranch life" for all of their 55 years of marriage. They had 5 children including 2 sets of twins.