D is for Duality

Don Moore was born in Atlanta Georgia, but grew up along the coast of Southern California. His love for drawing and painting started very young, in fact his father said the first thing he ever picked up was a pencil. However, his interest in graphic design led him to spend 30 years in the advertising and design industry as an art director and creative director. His interest in fine art never faded, as he continued to paint throughout this period of time.

Don went back to school in 2011 and received his BFA in Drawing and Painting from the Academy of Art in San Francisco in 2019. The pervasive duality that has stitched Don’s life story together is not lost on him. His strong southern roots combined with his laidback Southern California attitude, his rigid and structured commercial work vs. his interest in expressionistic art have inspired a new body of work.

Don is currently working on paintings with strong compositional grids, through the use of sacred geometry, along with his more expressionistic painterly style. He uses non-traditional poses that present a playfulness in the staging, so the paintings are intimate without feeling voyeuristic. These portrait paintings capture the current moment in each person’s journey. So the series presents each person as the hero of his or her own story by showing the inner resolve found in the eyes and body language.


2018 – The Academy of Art | San Francisco, CA
BFA In Drawing and Painting.

1990 La cite internationale universitaire de Paris | Paris, France
Studied fine art, contemporary literature & opera.

1990 Scuola Leonardo da Vinci | Florence, Italy
Studied fine art, contemporary literature & opera.

1986 Art Center College of Design | Pasadena, CA
Studied drawing and advertising design.


2019           Collective Visions, 1st Place

2018           Collective Visions, Merit Award

2018           Paint Out Poulsbo, Best in Show

Solo Exhibitions

2012           End of the Beginning, Winslow Art Center, Bainbridge Island, WA

1995           Selected works on paper and canvas, The Lab, Costa Mesa, CA

1991           Birth of an Artist, The Static Gallery, Cypress, CA

Group Exhibitions

2019           Student Show, The Academy of Art, San Francisco, CA

2012           Instructors Show, Winslow Art Center, Bainbridge Island, WA

2010-2012    Bainbridge Island Studio Tour, Various Studios, Bainbridge Island, WA

2010-2012    Artist Markeplace, Various Studios, Bainbridge Island, WA

2001           Centered on the Center, Huntington Beach Art Center, Huntington Beach, CA

Professional Experience

2010           Instructor, School of Visual Concepts, Seattle, WA

2002-2009    Lecturer, The Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA

2003-2006          Lecturer, California State University of Long Beach, Long Beach, CA

Having grown up in Southern California, the lighting and contrast in my work can easily be attributed to the strong sunlight that surrounded me day to day. I have always been attracted to ink drawings and woodcut prints due to the strong contrast of the ink on white paper. The hustle and bustle of people moving about their days in a fast paced city like Los Angeles instilled a love for expressive and gestural line qualities that are still present in my work to this day.

My sensibility about color is an ongoing evolution, both philosophically and environmentally. I am drawn to colors that are expressive and with the right combinations can create dynamic contrasts as they are painted right next to each other. My own personal observations as I travel through life and different environments inspire me to push colors to new levels and relationships between each other. These color relationships can be seen in the subtle color choices I use in just creating the skin tones alone for my subjects.

The relationships that I have and have had, both in long term, meaningful, exchanges and those brief encounters with others on their journey through life have inspired me to want to capture their essence, their spirit in this one brief moment. It may not be a representation of one’s entire journey, but I am rather more interested in capturing the mood of this one particular moment, good or bad; it is real and it is this moment paused in this person’s personal journey.

My hope, my goal, my own personal desire is to simply transfer the emotion expressed in each of my portraits, to you the viewer. For me that is the ultimate communicative value of art, in all its forms.