Mary Rountree Moore

mary-rountree-mooreMary Rountree Moore’s work includes expressions of acrylic, oil, concentrated watercolor and mixed media.  Her art is strongly influenced by her travels in the Caribbean, Europe, as well as the North and South Carolina coastlines.  Thirty years of product and apparel design contribute to her strong sense of color and composition.  In addition to painting, Mary has an interest in photography and styling, and consults on design projects.

“I strive to capture those fleeting moments of the sublime–the vast beauty of nature which humbles us all.   The images are derived from nature’s innate abstractions, allowing the mind’s eye to gather its own interpretation.”

It is the memory of those undeniable visual experiences that gives Moore her inspiration. Finding the balance in the natural order is strongly apparent in her work.

Artist’s Statement

Water, color, abstraction, sea breeze, salt mud, marshes, tides, marsh cedars, changing colors of marsh grass, seasons. Sunlight, infinite sky, reflection, shadow, peace, serenity, freeing of the spirit, rest, religion, puff clouds, storms, wind, life, vitality, energy, ebb and flow, essence of life, primal, personal. Balance, purity, pristine, uncluttered. Rhythm and balance of nature.

My intense love of colors found in nature is a driving force that compels me to paint. I have a keen interest in the natural order found in the landscape, and am fascinated by the effect of the changing seasons. I like to push the boundaries of realism into abstraction, as my compositions move from loose realism to abstraction. A confident painterly style , identifiable as my own, binds the body of work.

A strong creative spirit permeates all of my life; making art has interested me for as long as I can remember. I have found inspiration in studying the works of de Kooning, Diebenkorn, John Singer Sargent, and Joaquin Sorolla, to name just of few of the artists I enjoy. I love to travel the U.S. and Europe to discover new inspiration, although I am always drawn back to the salt marshes of the southeast.