ENCINITAS — Despite encouragement from her husband, painter Hyatt Moore, Anne Moore never thought of herself as being particularly artistic. That changed after raising her family when she returned to college to complete a degree in journalism and public relations.
“They offered a free class in printmaking,” she recalled. “I didn’t know what it was, but I became hooked.”
Since then, Moore’s art can be found in homes of collectors nationwide as well as shows including the Laguna Festival of Art. She will offer a free demonstration of printmaking as an artform from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at San Diego Botanic Garden.
Looking back almost 20 years, Moore credits Bill Riley, her instructor at Saddleback College, with giving her a foundation that led to the professional success she enjoys today.
“I learned the basics of the printmaking process,” she said. “He was very encouraging and affirming in giving his students the technical expertise as well as permission to explore and try new things.”
Initially, Moore said her work was characterized by representational images and etchings. Eventually, she admits to growing tired of printing an image multiple times.
“I needed to change it and use different colors and papers,” she said. “When I discovered the monotypes, I incorporated things I already learned — recreating imagery — and it moved me away from representational images to more emphasis on texture and decorative images.”
More recently, she has become interested in visual imagery, especially text, which she attributes to traveling the world working for a nonprofit linguistics organization.
Each of Moore’s prints represents an original piece of art, created with the use of a press. The linocuts are made from hand-cut linoleum blocks and reproduced in limited editions. The monotypes are one-of-a-kind (“mono”) built up from layers of imaginative forms on inked plates.
In addition to being a working artist, Moore teaches classes from her home studio. Three times a year she travels throughout Southern California offering demonstrations. Lynn Holzinger of the San Dieguito Art Guild attended Moore’s demonstration at the COAL Gallery in Carlsbad and was a catalyst in arranging the event at San Diego Botanic Garden.
“I was knocked out by the prints she made,” Holzinger said. “I never knew art like that existed and at some point knew I wanted to take classes from her.”
Another admirer is husband, Hyatt Moore.
“Ann is an artist in everything she does — setting the table, choosing fabric, pottery, sculpture, tole painting, all kinds of sewing — she cooks artistically,” he said.
“People come to our home and remark on the difference between us — my art is large, bold with strong colors. Anne’s work is nuanced and detailed with attention to every little bit. One of the delights of our husband and wife relationship is that our mediums are so different that we can applaud each other, or critique each other, because we don’t compete.”
For more information, visit annesprints.com.
Moore’s demonstration is sponsored in part by the San Dieguito Art Guild (SDAG), city of Encinitas and the Mizel Family Foundation Community Grant.
It will be held in the Ecke Building at San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive. For more information, visit SDAG’s gallery at offtrackgallery.com. To RSVP, e-mail Sandy Heath at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the gallery at (760) 942-3636.