The work of Rancho Santa Fe artist Anne Swan Moore, whose paintings have been shown in galleries and featured in collections from Provence, France to New York, Houston, San Diego and San Francisco, is now on exhibit in Los Angeles.
Her new exhibition launched June 22 at the Schomburg Gallery and will continue on display through July 20. The Schomburg Gallery is located in Bergamot Station, a Santa Monica complex devoted exclusively to fine arts and is home to more than 20 galleries.
Moore’s subjects are still life and landscapes. A sensual contemporary interpretation of fruit, flowers, cacti, arroyos and wetlands. And, now, the occasional namesake swan.
A native of Texas, Moore’s early life centered on music. From the age of 5, Moore played piano, flute, cornet and classical guitar. But, when she discovered painting, she found her true art form.
Explaining that transition, Moore recalls, “The artistic expression of my early years was in the form of classical music, starting with the piano and expanding into the cornet, flute, and classical guitar. It was not until I was 21, and expecting my second child, that I saw a painting and drawing show that changed my life. I knew immediately that I had to paint.”
Moore studied painting and drawing at San Antonio’s McNay Institute and various other private institutions. At the University of Houston, where she received a bachelor of fine arts, she was most influenced by her studies with John Alexander, James Surls and British pop artist Derek Boshier.
Moore’s paintings have been featured in 28 art gallery exhibitions over the past 20 years — in France, California, Texas and Florida. They hang in many private collections in New York, Maryland, California and Texas.
In New York City’s Soho arts district, Moore enjoyed a nine-year sojourn, her painting style evolving from abstracts to fruits, vegetables and flowers, subjects to which she has brought singular drama and scale. For two decades her work has hung in, and has been featured in, many shows at Houston’s Harris Gallery. She recently appeared there in “Art Houston,” an annual citywide art show.
Since moving to Rancho Santa Fe, Moore has been featured in exhibits in Northern and Southern California, including most recently Encinitas, and a Juried Show in Monrovia at Selig Fine Arts. The exhibit at the Schomburg Galleries represents her inaugural foray into the Los Angeles-area fine art scene.
The Schomburg Gallery is located at Bergamot Station Arts Center, 2525 Michigan Ave. E3A, Santa Monica, CA 90404; 310-453-5757; www.schomburggallery.com and www.anneswanmoore.com.