About Jay Moore

“To create a painting worthy of my collectors, I need to experience the location — breathe the air and crunch the leaves underfoot.” ~Jay Moore


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Jay Moore enjoying a day painting on location in his home state of Colorado.

Jay Moore grew up in Evergreen, Colorado, spending nearly every waking moment outdoors: fishing, camping, swimming, and absorbing the subtleties of nature that every good sportsman and artists needs. “My bond with nature formed early and became deeply rooted,” he says. When he began painting he did only plein air paintings for five years and honed his observational skills. “Spending so much time outdoors,” he says, “you get in tune with nature’s rhythms. What the temperature is, when rain is imminent, what month it is by the water level in a stream. Once you understand it on that level then you can interpret it a lot better.”

He graduated at the top of his class from the Colorado Institute of Art and worked in graphic design and illustration for several years. It was a plein air painting workshop with the master landscape painter Clyde Aspevig that convinced him to concentrate full-time on painting.

The skills he has developed in both observing and painting have landed his paintings in magazines, exhibitions, and collections across the country. He has been on the cover of Western Art Collector magazine twice, most recently in January 2014. Jay’s work has appeared in the Coeur d’Alene Art Auction, as well as the Quest for the West at the Eiteljorg Museum where he won the 2015 Eiteljorg Museum Victor Higgins Award. He was also selected for the 2015 Masters of the American West at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles. Jay Moore will be having a solo show at Trailside Galleries March-April 2017.

“If every artist has a subject that is their ‘sweet spot’,” Jay says, “something that they love to paint and that they become known for, mine would be water. I just love painting and trying to achieve the illusion of water. I am challenged by capturing the depth, the current, the reflections, ripples, whatever… Whether it be streams, rivers, lakes, oceans, waterfalls, I love it all. As a fly fisherman, I think that my study of rivers from a fishing standpoint complements my artistic interest in the subject. I am always striving to achieve a higher level of expertise in capturing the feeling of water.

Jay is represented by Astoria Fine Art, Jackson WY; Saks Galleries, Denver, CO; and Trailside Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ, and Jackson, WY, and Jay Moore Studio, Parker, CO.

His work is in the collections of the Denver Art Museum and the Pioneer Museum in Colorado Springs as well as many corporate and private collections. His collectors include former Commerce Secretary and Mrs. Don Evans, Walmart Chairman Rob Walton, Uline Corporation president Elizabeth Uihlein, as well as the British rocker and former Colorado resident Joe Cocker.

Jay has said, “To create a painting worthy of my collectors, I need to experience the location–breathe the air and crunch the leaves underfoot.” That experience and that goal are reflected in the comments of James Nottage, Vice President and Chief Curatorial Officer of the Eiteljorg Museum. “Landscape paintings by Jay Moore are beautiful works that convey the artist’s strong sense of place. They are realist creations that give you impressions of seasons and expressions of both sky and earth. They are a treat for the imagination that can make you think you have been there or maybe want to go there.”

Autumn Brilliance, Roaring Fork River near Aspen, Colorado

Autumn Brilliance, Roaring Fork River near Aspen, Colorado
60″ x 80″

Although Jay is perhaps best known for his extensive body of Colorado images, the artist has been commissioned to paint the Western outdoors from as far as Alaska to Canada to Arizona. (Images below are painting details)

Jay Moore Paintings From Different States

“As an artist, a painting is like a conversation: I hear what the terrain says to me and respond on canvas,” says Jay. “And when I create paintings, my clients join in the dialogue too, sharing their thoughts and feelings about the landscape they want to be portrayed.”

“We believe Jay Moore’s work represents the most graceful, truthful and accomplished landscape painting of The Living West. We live in Colorado for a reason. Jay gets it! He too knows the Colorado and Wyoming soul and he is able to faithfully translate the human connection to the deep beauty of the West into visual artistic poetry.” ~Private Collectors, Colorado

Click here to download a PDF of Jay’s biography and resume: About Jay Moore PDF.