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Art runs in their family


    Entering the Moore residence in Dana Point is like entering a living, breathing art museum.

    Walls are lined with painting after painting, artwork leans against the walls and stacks up on the floor, prints cover the various tables. Even the ceiling looks like part of an oil painting.

    Hard to believe that only a short time ago, no one in that family was making a full living as an artist.    “Five years ago, my daughter Allison was an actress, I wasn’t painting
much and my wife Anne didn’t do printmaking as a professional,” said Hyatt Moore, 61, who dabbled in art for years before zealously pursuing it, to the point of resigning from his longtime (32-year) association with Wycliffe/SIL, a Bible translating organization.

    It’s really not surprising to hear that Allison, the oldest of Hyatt and Anne’s five children and the only one to have gravitated toward art, was not influenced by her parents to go that route.

    “I always wanted to be an actress ever since I was a little girl and I actually made my living that way, doing voiceovers for cartoons in Los Angeles and then pursuing theater in New York for two years, before moving back to Los Angeles and deciding I’d rather be a painter,” said Allison, who even picked her father’s favorite medium, oils, but not because of him.

    “Besides oils, I also use acrylics when I paint murals,” she said. “There’s more room to express myself in art than in acting, which is more of a business. I have my own ideas and can do whatever I want. And there’s so much beauty that needs to be pulled out and seen and touch people.”

    After going through different phases, Allison is currently on a “Chinese girls kick,” which can be readily seen at this month’s First Friday Art Reception presented by the Dana Point Coastal Arts at Dana Arts Plaza Studios.

    “I’ve always been attracted to Chinese colors and these girls are of another, more innocent time and world,” she said.

    Her work is placed right alongside that of her parents at First Friday, marking the first time all three will be represented at a showing.

    “It was bound to happen, the three of us showing our pieces at the same time, and it’s going to be fun,” said Allison, who also will have a one-woman show Sept. 10 at San Clemente Art Supply, where she works twice a week.

    Anne Moore took up printmaking in 1991 and “being serious about it” only three years later. Yet she, too, had not pursued it full time until last year, when she resigned from Wycliffe with her husband.

    “I’ve mostly been a mom, raising five children and doing part-time office work,” said Anne, who described her hand-pressed prints as abstract and spontaneous.

    Anne, whose etchings also will be displayed at the showing, enjoys printmaking because of the technique involved. While linocuts (using linoleum) and etchings (wood) can be replicated, monotypes (paper) cannot, making each a one-of-a-kind work of art. “I enjoy the handwork of carving on a plate and the surprise of pulling out a new print,” said Anne, who will have a one-woman show of her own, titled “A Documented Journey,” at the Sandstone Gallery in Laguna Beach all of next month. “I feel I’m always learning and there is still so much to learn.”

    Like her daughter, Anne is excited about the upcoming family affair at First Friday.  “It’s very fun, I think,” she said. “We should show together more often.”

    “I think it’s kind of a kick myself,” agreed Hyatt, whose frequent world travels – the family also lived abroad three different times: in Guatemala, Papua New Guinea and British Columbia in Canada – developed in him a fondness for painting people of different ethnic backgrounds the past eight years. This theme dominates an output that also includes plein air, harbor scenes, the Mission at San Juan Capistrano, and dancers, all of which will be displayed.

    Hyatt, who also uses acrylics, last showed his work along with Anne’s at the Moore residence in May and plans on another show next year.

    A “late bloomer” as an oil painter who described his style as “a kind of loose realism,” Hyatt brings a lifetime of artistic experiences to his craft, including graphic designer – he was the art director of Surfer Magazine in the ’70s and ’80s – and working in communications, writing and publishing for Wycliffe, which often sent him on those worldwide junkets.

    “I like international people, I find them interesting to paint and, because they’re often poor, they get overlooked,” said Hyatt, who noted that his most famous painting, according to requests, is his take on “The Last Supper,” showing Jesus and the Apostles as being from all different ethnic groups.

    “A painting dignifies a person more than a photograph, which are for people who can afford them and these people cannot,” he said. “I also paint ‘surface stuff’ but enjoy painting humanity the most.

    “My very first painting, as a teenager when I first dabbled in paints, was a black-and-white of a Chinese child,” he said.

    “So you see, it’s very deep in me.”



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