Green Things and Butterfly Wings

Mark Moore Athens Courier Article

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Recently the Athens Courier did a piece on Mark Moore. Here it is as it ran on March 12th…

Green Things and Butterfly Wings: Local artist’s work to be on display at Huntsville Botanical Gardens

By Lora Scripps lora@athensnews-courier.com

Dogwood blossoms, sunflowers, bumblebees, a scene  from Joe Wheeler State Park and more — each a part of artist Mark Moore’s vision.

The Athens resident has been busy hand painting a  butterfly sculpture for Huntsville Botanical Garden’s summer display “Green Things and Butterfly Wings.”

Moore’s butterfly will join more than 35 butterflies scattered through the gardens.

The display will be completed in May and remain in the gardens through August.

The butterfly sculptures were handcrafted by Italian wood crafter Nicola Gimapietro. The butterflies stand almost 6 feet tall and are grounded by a weight.

It’s estimated 60,000 to 80,000 visitors from all 50 state and seven continents will see the butterflies.

Moore said he painted his butterfly to convey what it was flying over on the top of the wings — Joe Wheeler State Park — and what it was flying through on the bottom of the wings — dogwood blossoms and sunflowers.

“I wanted to bring some awareness to this area,” he said. “I thought Joe Wheeler would be fitting.”

Moore, an electrician by trade, was born in Southern Ohio. He said as a young boy, he sat down and started to draw. “I think I could draw before I could write,” he said.

He has had no formal training.

Moore married, Stephanie, his childhood sweetheart. The couple have two boys, Stephen, 5, and Mark Jr., 21 months. For the past 10 years, they have made Athens home.

“I express my deepest emotions on many types of mediums, but more recently have discovered that painting soothes the soul,” said Moore on his website..

He finds inspiration from the things around him and his family.

“My mother always wanted me to choose a career as an artist,” Moore said. However, he chose to keep his art private.

He started sharing his work through murals about eight years ago.

Then, when his mother, Sandy Short, passed away in 2009, he said he found an empty spot in his life. “To fill that emptiness I started to do paintings on canvas,” he said. “As time went on, I was painting so much that it was time to take it further. My work fills a gap in my life and hopefully it can fill a gap for someone else.”

Both of his sons also give him motivation and encouragement. Mark Jr. was born with a heart condition and has inspired his dad since the day he was born. Stephen has as well. Moore said the two paint together and use that time to bond as father and son.

Moore finds a lot of his creativity in nature. He paints  in both an abstract and realistic style. “I try to paint the best of both worlds,” he said.

His work is on display in New York City, Nashville, Tenn., Ohio, Florida, Washington and beyond. His art has been shown in the Andy Warhol Gallery in New York City and he has two galleries in Columbus, Ohio.

One of Moore’s murals is on display at Fancy Nails in Athens. His artwork is also available for sale at the location.

Huntsville Botanical Garden’s “Green Things and Butterfly Wings” opens March 5.

For more information, visit hsvbg.org.

To learn more about the artist, Mark Moore, visit onefive4gallery.com or artwanted.com/markmoore.

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