John Moyers, CA
Moyers grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the son of Cowboy Artists of America painter, William Moyers. He had a natural affinity for art, and he grew up surrounded by paintings and sculpture during his formative years. He studied at the Laguna Beach School of Art and the California Institute for the Arts on a Walt Disney Studio scholarship. But it was in 1979 that Moyers was invited to attend a month-long workshop at the Okanagan Game Farm in British Columbia, led by another Cowboy Artist, Robert Lougheed. These workshops were one of few places where an artist could study traditional techniques for painting deer, musk ox, and other wild animals from real life. That workshop proved to be a turning point for Moyers and his art. The experience of painting ‘plein air’ day after day was a truly eye-opening experience in the way he approached a subject and in the way he captured it on canvas. The workshop was also where he met his future wife, Terri.
In the ensuing years Moyer’s career has progressed steadily, earning him recognition at the Prix de West Show at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, Oklahoma City, and at the Masters of the American West Show at the Autry Museum of Western Heritage, Los Angeles. Having been a member of the Cowboy Artists of America since 1994 and served as president of the group, he also exhibits at the annual Cowboy Artists of America show at the Phoenix Art Museum. He has received top awards for more than seven years running at the CAA exhibitions in both oil and water soluble media.
He paints American Indians, cowboys, themes from Old Mexico and New Mexico, and landscapes. “I paint what excites me. Maybe for two months all I want to do is landscapes, then maybe Native Americans and then Mexican pieces.” Moyers also says, “The more you paint, the more comfortable you get with the process. Hopefully, I’m improving all the time.”
Moyers and his wife, Terri, and their son, Josh, live and paint in Santa Fe, New Mexico, while continuing to make annual pilgrimages to Canada where they never fail to be inspired by the rugged beauty of the northern landscapes of the American continent.
Source: John Moyers Fine Art
Artist: John Moyers, CA 1994-2011 (b. 1958)Description: Dry Brush Ink Drawing (2002) | Image Size: 26”h x 14”w; Framed Size: 36 5/8”h X 24 5/8”w
This meticulous, action-filled drawing of a Mexican rider galloping directly toward the viewer has a highly effective and fluid sense of movement that captures a palpable sense of speed. Its drama and adventure demonstrates Moyers’ proficiencies in both the ink/paper medium as well as his delivery of a great deal of information in a singular image. The horse is exceptionally well done, and the rider exudes a realistic and individual personality.
At the 2002 Cowboy Artists of America Exhibition & Sale at the Phoenix Art Museum, Moyers won the Artists’ Choice Award for his Body of Work and the Gold Medal in Drawing for “Making Time."
Moyers studied at the Laguna Beach School of Art, now renamed Laguna College of Art + Design and the California Institute for the Arts on a Walt Disney Studios scholarship. He and his family reside in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
This Day I Have Become Brave
Artist: John Moyers, CA 1994-2011 (b. 1958)Description: Oil (2001) | Image Size: 50”h x 60”w; Framed Size: 58 ½”h X 68 ½”w
Ostensibly this oil painting details a young man’s rite of passage; however, it transcends the subject matter alone. The atmosphere and tone set by the artist, John Moyers, reflects the spirit of the place and the people through his use of contrasting color, innovative composition and dynamic lighting. John attended both the Laguna College of Art + Design and the California Institute of the Arts.
One with the Eagle
Artist: John Moyers, CA 1994-2011 (b. 1958)Description: Oil (2003) | Image Size: 50”h x 40”w; Framed Size: 61 ½”h X 51 ½”w
In this large, full length portrait of a Native American man, John Moyers shows his talent for capturing a strong personality yet one that has broad cultural appeal. The painting is a study in blending and contrasting color, texture, shape, light, and darkness. Moyers placed his figure in the middle of the canvas draped with colorful and traditional blankets and hides. His right arm is extended as if waiting for an eagle to land on it, or in a gesture reminiscent of an outstretched eagle wing. The man’s face is turned slightly upward toward the sky. A bright scarf hangs around his neck and merges with a cloth of the same color worn around his waist and reaching to his knees. The strong red color commands the attention of the viewer and is contrasted effectively with the more muted and subtle colors of the hides draped around his shoulder. The painting has no movement or superfluous action that would draw the viewer’s eye away from the subject. Moyers portrays his figure as strong and resolute, someone with great character and presence. The emphasis is on the man himself, his character, and his traditions.
Spirits in the Wind
Artist: John Moyers, CA 1994-2011 (b. 1958)