Christine Adele Moore describes her current artwork as a big transition. For 26 years she was a mural and wall finisher working through designers producing very specific high-end commissions of realistic paintings reflecting the tastes of her clients.
Three years ago she decided it was time to make a change. No longer working on 30-foot high scaffolding, Moore is now producing contemporary art on canvas in her home studio in Bonita Springs and showing her pieces at art festivals across the country.
“I’m having a blast being an independent gypsy,” she said.
Her process starts with mixing batches of acrylic resin that she pours onto the canvas. Using her hands, with gloves of course, and trowels, she moves the resin, mixing different materials into it – sometimes ink, mica powders, cosmetic grade powders, aluminum, glitter, silver leaf. “It stops being workable within 20 to 40 minutes. That’s why I work in batches,” she said.
The resin is a liquid in two parts which when mixed begin to heat up. As it gets warmer it moves less on the canvas and eventually solidifies. When it solidifies the working time is over.
“The exciting thing about resin is it’s an organic process. I can only guide it so much. I can’t control it fully,” she said, “so it’s a collaboration between me and the material.”
Moore will apply at least three or more layers, waiting one day between each layer for it to cure, until she gets an abstract she is happy with. She’ll either keep it abstract or meditate on it for a while until she starts to see images. Then she’ll pull out those images with paint.
“It’s a much more intuitive process than what I’ve done up to now. These paintings represent the culmination of all my professional work experience because I bring in the wall finishing experience, the fine art experience and the patience,” she said.
When she starts a painting, Moore has some colors in mind. Other than that, she lets it evolve. Pointing out an abstract painting she at first thought was finished and would stay abstract, she now saw birds in flight and diving into water. She said it would be transformed by the following weekend.
Moore is also working more with texture, using modeling paste to give her paintings more of a sculptural 3D look.
“Everything in life is layered. Nothing is just black and white,” she said.
Upcoming local shows in which she is participating include the Naples Downtown Art Show 2020 on March 21 and 22 on Fifth Avenue South and the Naples Fine Art Show at the Naples Italian-American Foundation Club on Airport Pulling Road on March 28 and 29. Her work also can be seen at christineadelearts.com.