Show Preview | John & Terri Kelly Moyers

Santa Fe, NM
Nedra Matteucci Galleries, August 16-September 6

John Moyers, Eagle Feathers, oil, 12 x 12.

John Moyers, Eagle Feathers, oil, 12 x 12.

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Traveling together, while painting the world as each of them sees it, has been an integral part of the creative process for John and Terri Kelly Moyers ever since they first set eyes on each other, in the autumn of 1979, at an artists’ retreat at British Columbia’s Okanagan Game Farm. Those attending their new joint show, entitled Through Our Eyes, at Nedra Matteucci Galleries can expect to find new works that express the couple’s shared and personal outlooks on the world, whether near 
their Santa Fe-area home or far away.

Guests who join the two artists at the garden reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 16, or who visit the show through September 6, are rewarded with some 35 to 40 oils by the couple. “We’re going to continue painting right up until the show starts,” says John of the still-fluid number. Well represented among those works are the latest examples of the luminous, finely detailed portraiture for which Terri is widely respected, along with the lively, more interpretive yet still firmly realistic images of Indians and landscapes that have won John a devoted following.

The comprehensive show also offers up many fresh surprises. “We like to mix it up a bit,” says Terri of the variety that is on display. The couple plans to include a generous number of small plein-air works each of them completed during a trip to Vienna and Venice—appealing studies of street and canal scenes that are vibrant with light and color. “We’ve never put these works out before,” adds John.

Terri Kelly Moyers, Summer Rose, oil, 30 x 24.

Terri Kelly Moyers, Summer Rose, oil, 30 x 24.

Even newer for John are a selection of paintings that mark his latest experiments with style and scale. These are typified by large-format, tightly cropped, and loosely painted portraits of Indian chieftains that, as he describes them, possess “a little more of a contemporary look.” Terri, meanwhile, laughingly notes that she tends to be more resistant to change as an artist than is her husband. “I pretty much paint the way I paint,” she says. Nonetheless, she admits that some of her collectors may be surprised to discover a few recently completed paintings of Thoroughbred horses. “They were my first love,” she adds, harking back to childhood drawings. Also among the 
offerings are such intimate glimpses of the couple’s daily life as a tranquil still life by John and sun-dappled garden scenes by Terri.

Summing up not only the show itself but also the artists’ combination of classical training and fresh outlooks, gallery owner Nedra Matteucci looks forward to the show with particular enthusiasm: “The paintings of John and Terri are a wonderful bridge to the past,” she observes, “but they are also infused with a very current perspective and technique.” —Norman Kolpas

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