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This painting, "Trust" (9" x 12" oil on linen), features my granddaughter giving her horse, Simon, an apple slice. She is now twelve and has been really impacted by the pandemic. Cut off from her school friends and extended family, she began experiencing severe anxiety and lost a great deal of weight and became withdrawn. Simon, who had been used as a ridding horse, was withdrawn and skittish around people too. He was also malnourished when her parents purchased him as a birthday present this year. She and Simon have formed a strong bond during the pandemic. Now Simon responds to her with so much excitement and love and has gained weight, muscle tone and has a twinkle in his eye when they are together. Thankfully, my granddaughter has also rebounded. She has commented that Simon trusts her and she delights in taking full responsibility for his feeding and care. This virtual exhibit, was hosted by Art Saint Louis, November 15 - December 15, 2020,
"Running Free" was part of the "Creatures II" exhibition at Art Saint Louis, September 26 - October 22, 2020,
My journey with this painting began early last November (2019) quite by accident. I was prepping a very large canvas, 3 feet by 4 feet with bright magenta and orange and listening to Mozart. Without realizing it, I had pressed my hand on the canvas and left a white print. Hmmm, that looks interesting. So I playfully put several hand prints on the canvas and called it a day. A couple of weeks went by while I pondered what to paint. The size seemed perfect for a landscape, but I felt it needed something more interesting. So, I began sketching a herd of horses "Running Free" through a meadow. Once more, I set the canvas aside in the studio to work on a couple of commissions. Over the months, the white horse would catch my eye every now and then. Sadly, I had lost interest and the world was being turned upside down with the pandemic. Finally, at the end of May, I placed the canvas back on the easel and began working in earnest to bring these beautiful creatures to life. As the pandemic continued and the "Black Lives Matter" movement was reborn, I took solace in painting an inspiring sunrise breaking through the early morning mist in the Colorado mountains. Stroke by stroke, I added a grove of cheerful aspens waving in the strong breeze as a storm approaches. In the distance, a dirt road beckons to be explored as it winds around the bend. For two weeks, I worked late into the night as fireworks in the neighborhood made it nearly impossible to sleep. My brush strokes in the shadows of the running horses were energized with the unexpected bursts. I'm so excited that it turned out better than I could have dreamed. I hope this painting of the horses will bring you a moment of peace and hope knowing that nature can overcome chaos.
In 2018, the Missouri Athletic Club (MAC) hosted two solo exhibits by Elizabeth (Betty) Moore. The exhibits with the theme, "St. Louis Park", featured 14 original oil paintings in the Preservation Gallery at the downtown location and 14 photos on stretched wrapped canvas at the club's location in Des Peres.
"What's Your GPS" In 2017, Elizabeth's large impressionistic paintings were juried into this exhibit at the Saint Louis Artists' Guild.
The 36" x 36" oil paintings on gallery wrapped canvas featured an egret patiently waiting to catch fish and the waterlilies at the Deer Lake Riffles in Forest Park.
Her custom statement clutch has the waterlilies from the painting. The purse is part of the Elizabeth Moore Collection on VIDA featuring her original art and photography on scarves, tops and other accessories
MOVE! In 2015, Elizabeth (Betty) Moore was juried into the first exhibit at Saint Louis Artists' Guild's new location in Clayton.
The Move exhibit featured a photo with one of Dale Chihully's Walla Walla Onions, taken at the Denver Botanical Garden.
The oil painting features a sunset over Sherwood Lake near St. Charles, MO, in the heart of Missouri's Wine Country.
Both she and her husband, Bob Moore (at left), have donated photography and original art over the years for the Collector's Choice, an annual auction which benefits the Guild
"Portrait of St. Louis Parks" In 2o14, fine artist/photographer Elizabeth (Betty) Moore was featured in a solo exhibit in the Ridgeway Visiter Center at Missouri Botanical Garden, as part of the stl250 celebration of St. Louis, founded in 1764.
This exhibit focused on St. Louis with 20 images stretched on canvas with showcasing the City's beautiful parks, including Tower Grove Park, Forest Park and Citygarden.
Elizabeth (Betty) Moore's B/W photo, "Sledding on Art Hill", was one of 100 photos selected for the book "The City at 250 - a Celebration of St. Louis in Photographs", published by The Sheldon Art Galleries in 2014. The photo was also part of the 2014 exhibit with the same name at in the Gallery of Photography at The Sheldon Art Galleries in Grand Center.
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