Looking at one of Idaho artist Robert Moore’s vibrant paintings, it is impossible to tell he’s colorblind.
The bright, well-placed color in his paintings can make a viewer feel like he or she is feeling the changing of the seasons, or hearing water flow down a river.
Moore, whose art was featured during the Nov. 1 First Friday Art Walk at InSight Gallery, 214 W. Main St., said the colorblindness he’s had since birth hasn’t had much of a negative impact on his paintings. He explains that it’s like a pianist playing a song.
“The pianist might be told that the song is played in keys C, G and E, but he could play it in different keys and have it still be beautiful, if he keeps the same type of order,” Moore said. “It’s the same for me in painting. As long as the order is there, I don’t need to see the colors.”
Moore got started in painting when he was living on a farm in Idaho. He said he loved the beautiful scenes of the outdoors, but he loathed sitting on a tractor all day.
He wanted to find a way to use the outdoor scenery as an influence to his work.
And art let him do that.
A trait he’s been able to incorporate into his art is being ambidextrous. He uses this to his advantage by painting his artworks with both hands.
“Using both of my hands keeps both sides of the painting in relation with each other,” Moore said.
Moore was not born ambidextrous. He had to learn to use his nondominant right hand after a basketball injury.
“I was fresh out of college and playing basketball when I got undercut,” Moore said. “I had to learn quickly to use my right hand because I had a show coming up.”
Moore soon realized he was actually better at some things with his right hand, and found that he could use the skill in his work.
Moore began showing his work in Fredericksburg about 15 years ago during a Whistle Pik Gallery exhibit.
“Tim Taylor (American painter Gerald Harvey Jones’ son-in-law) asked to see my work, so I let him and he liked it. So he decided to show it in the Whistle Pik Gallery until he sold the business,” Moore said.
Moore added that he’s grateful that God blessed him with his gifts, and that the gallery took a chance on him and helped him gain some success.
With this gallery and his hard work, Moore said he was able to succeed, or, in his words, “get my harvest.”