BLUE HILL, Maine — Brooksville artist Leslie Moore will exhibit her artwork in a new show called “Brooksville Bestiary” at the Blue Hill Public Library during the month of May. The show includes pen-and-ink drawings and woodblock prints of wild animals, farm animals, dogs, and cats from 1994 to the present. Moore says, “I have been drawing animals since I could first wield a crayon. Anything with fur or feathers quickens my pulse and makes my heart thrum.” Known for her commissioned ‘PenPets” portraits—detailed pen-and-ink drawings of dogs and cats—Moore also draws and carves local livestock and the wild creatures she sees out of her bedroom windows and along the coast of Maine. Her artwork is warm and playful, capturing both the physical likeness and the spirit of each subject.
Moore is mostly self-taught, although she did spend a summer during college in Perugia, Italy, studying print-making and figure drawing at the Accademie di Belle Arti Pietro Vannucci. She is a staff artist for The Brooksville Breeze, and has illustrated two books: Sailing Language by E.D. Smith and T.R. Moore (Sheridan House, 2000) and All My Dogs: A Life by Bill Henderson (David R. Godine, 2011). In the past decade Moore has had 11 solo shows at various venues in Brooksville, Blue Hill, Castine, Trenton, and Canon Beach, Oregon.
Moore grew up in California suburbs with dogs, hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, parakeets, tropical fish, and any wild creatures she could sneak past her mother. She rode horses every weekend from the ages of five -15, and always wished she could live on a ranch or a farm. She earned a BA and an MA in English from the University of California at Berkeley, and taught English for 25 years in South Korea, Massachusetts, Mali, Turkey, and Maine. She finished her teaching career at Maine Maritime Academy in 2006 and has been practicing her art ever since. Moore and her husband, Tom, moved to Brooksville, Maine, in 1996. They live on Cape Rosier, next door to Holbrook Island Sanctuary. This exhibit is in memory of Kinsey (2002-2012), Moore’s muse, a designer dog she rescued from the Bird Bazaar in Istanbul.