Burdell Moody Landscapes Exhibited September 2016

Gold Canyon painter Burdell Moody has captured the green gardenscapes and stunning volcanic vistas here at Boyce Thompson Arboretum - created an iconic image of downtown Superior, his birthplace of Bisbee, and Pariah Canyon. During August and September of 2016 the visitor center gallery here at Boyce Thompson Arboretum hosts an exhibit of his art.
"The topography, plants and land formations of the Arboretum are really astounding, especially the Demonstration Garden, which I would compare as an equal to Monet's Gardens at Giverny, this particular garden has such a variety of flowers and gardens, both cultured and informal," says Moody .To contact the artist about sales or commissions please call 480.518.5943 or email burmoody@msn.com

A fulltime artist now, Moody retired from a career of teaching painting in the Mesa school system and at Mesa Community College.
"Whether I'm painting in the plein air tradition, or in my studio, I have a simple and direct approach to my subject, whatever it may be. At this point in my life as an artist, I no longer feel any need to straighten out the world's problems through very much social comment in my work. I feel that this aspect of studio painting is now the domain of film makers and television, and has been for many years. This realization has finally freed me to paint the common, everyday places and aspects of my native state, Arizona.

"Much of my recent work has been focused on the landscapes and local scenes, in and around Superior, Arizona.
The gardens and landscapes within the Boyce Thompson Arboretum have also provided a rich panorama of opportunities to paint outdoors, and up close, aspects of nature that can not really be experienced, or understood, inside the best of studios. I think my work can best be described as a form of impressionism.
I have always leaned in the direction of abstraction and simplification of terms, so impressionism came to me early and naturally. I am intrigued by the possibilities of chance and suggestion, rather than the more arbitrary types of
traditional realism. I am most satisfied when painting subjects that I find to be fascinating or beautiful in some way.
I was born in the Southern Arizona border town of Bisbee, another mining town; and perhaps the reason for my lifelong interest in mining towns, and their people. My formal education included studies at Santa Monica City College, in Santa Monica, California, and B.A and MFA degrees from Arizona State University. I served as a Department of the Army Combat Artist in Vietnam during 1967-68, and was employed by the Mesa Unified School District for 30 years, as a secondary foreign language and art instructor. I also taught painting for the Maricopa Community College District."
About a dozen of these new acrylic works may be seen in the visitors' center gallery daily from 6:00 am - 3:00 PM during Arboretum Summer daily business hours. Arboretum non-members pay daily admission of $10 for adults and $5 for ages 5-12. To contact the artist about sales or commissions please call 480.518.5943 or email burmoody@msn.com

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