Local artist, icon and visual arts educator, David Moore has lived and worked in Sarnia for most of his life. Born in South America, his family returned to Sarnia in 1960 when he was 9 years old. His paintings, prints and drawings reflect the vibrant colours of Peruvian culture that were part of his early life.
Drawing on his experience as a practicing artist and art educator, he has designed and taught art classes for Lambton County schools over the past several years. This March, Dave will begin offering art classes, for all ages, at the Urban Nature Centre in Downtown Sarnia. “I use a step by step process to ensure that each student feels successful in executing the art project at hand,” Moore said. “Students have been pleasantly surprised at how they have found their inner artist, no matter what their skill level. The importance of the Visual Arts is more evident today than ever before. Hands on visual art helps us to build confidence, problem solve creatively, express feelings and communicate – with or without words. We already have the best tools in our possession – our hands, eyes and minds.”
Dave’s appreciation and excitement for the arts and the downtown scene is clear to see. “In a recent First Friday publication, John Mallon did a great job of capturing the downtown Sarnia of his youth,” Dave explains. “I too have fond memories from the 60’s of a colourful downtown scene. Have a look around and see what’s happening now! The arts community is largely responsible for reviving a new vibrant downtown area. Music, art and drama are alive and well – exciting things are happening. I am privileged to be part of this community.”
Dave’s artistic talent and sense of community continues to inspire as he fulfills his passion for making art and teaching others.