Everything possible and imaginable
It may not always be apparent that Thyra Moore separates materials from their intended purpose then converts them to layers and textures that ultimately create a play between the perceived and real depth. Many people regard abstract art as being flat. Thyra's work challenges that in every possible way.
Thyra traces her current success and collectability back to a serendipitous event that led her to reinvent her process and her art. That event was a rambunctious, rescue dog named Xena. As Thyra explained, “With a grabby and destructive attitude, Xena ruined many items of clothing, bedding, toys, you name it. In trying to find the positive in Xena’s ruinous nature, these deconstructions became the origins of new creations.”
With the same tenacity required for success, Xena is finally trained and Thyra is honing her artistic vision with demonstrated success.
It wasn't always all about abstracts. There was a time that Ms. Moore was, at that crossroads in her life. She had a Bachelors of Fine Arts (BFA) from the renowned Tyler School of Art in Pennsylvania. She had created and grown a successful advertising agency. She loved developing strategies and promotions that really made a difference to her clients. Yet, in spite of the successes and awards, Thyra needed to be somewhere else.
“Many people with similar yearnings and circumstances might get a convertible and take off for parts unknown,” said Thyra Moore. “I wanted – no, I needed to paint – to paint as much as I could.”
As a result, she went back to her roots and began painting with gouache. A move to Maryland with its boats, birds and water served as a further inspiration. “I abandoned the commercial world I had lived in for so long, and dove head first into the liberating pool of creative expression,” she explained.
Thyra fully immersed herself, joining watercolor societies, taking workshops, and entering juried shows. Related to one particular show, she attended a workshop by the show’s juror John Salminen. “John is an amazing, watercolorist and teacher generally known for his luminous, realistic, detailed street scenes,” explained Thyra. “Loving John's art and knowing workshops fill quickly, I signed up for his workshop without hesitation.
I also hoped to discuss my art, to improve my skills and to increase acceptance into shows. Instead, to my surprise, we were immersed in exploration of the process of abstraction.” As the week and the process progressed, Ms. Moore became entranced. “My use of gouache and watercolor evolved in ways I had never expected.”
After acceptance into a number of juried shows, Thyra Moore achieved Signature status at the Baltimore Watercolor Society, and had a piece accepted into a National Watercolor Society show. Yet, it was not satisfying.
“I was not creatively free enough. With watercolor and gouache, I was meticulous and precise. I used sketches, masking, pouring, and a rigid path to the finished piece. The entire process was too ‘left brain’ for me. My history and my training for the commercial world continued to shackle me. I needed to loosen up. I needed the freedom to express more emotion and passion. Ultimately I needed to allow myself to respond in real time as the painting evolved. I wanted the adventure of entering into a painting not knowing where it would lead,” she stated emphatically.
Challenged by her new insights and artistic opportunities, Thyra explored a different medium, “With acrylics I have the freedom to experience each step and stage of my art,” she said. “I can react with little or no preplanned outcome, and take full advantage of the evolutionary process that’s hidden within each creative challenge.”
Thyra continued, “I’ve come to see life as a process of deconstruction that leads to creation. Separating materials from their intended purpose then converting them to layers and textures that ultimately create a play between the viewer’s perceived and real dimensions. I am energized by the textures, patterns and depth – both perceived and imagined – that emerges through the interplay of soft and hard edges within and around each piece. The path to completion is a recurring process of obliteration of some areas and activation of others. For me, this process creates unlimited opportunities to discover each painting’s true essence as it evolves in front to me. The ultimate realization is a truly unique piece of art that delights the senses, changes with every viewing, and encourages each viewer to engage, imagine and dream.”
Thyra’s work is in private collections and can be seen here. But frankly, the true depth, dimensionality, and unique power of Thyra Moore’s work can best be appreciated in person.