Artist Barbara Alice Moir

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       Barbara Alice Moir  (b. New Rochelle, NY). I'm an oil painter of rural and urban landscapes of the Delaware and Hudson regions  and Manhattan. I was raised in the Catskills of New York State and first learned about brushes and paints from my mother, Adele Moir, a plein air water color and pastel artist.
       My paintings were first exhibited in NYC with the signature Barbara C. Thompson, my former married name. Going forward all paintings will have the Moir name,  (said: Moy-er) my (Scottish) birth name.
        It's a joy to paint landscapes because I grew up in the country, smelling the rich earth, hearing the birds loudly every morning, surrounded by trees,  stone walls, gardens, and fields. Sullivan County, New York is beautiful. It's the Delaware region...very wooded, with many white pines and hard wood hammocks.
        On the other hand, there's the city. My grandparents for many generations were from New Rochelle and New York City. I know the immigrant heritage of stone masons and horse stables in the city. The old buildings, stone work, iron railings, doorways, and lanterns speak to me of my personal history. Painting the streets of New York is a way of connecting with that past.
        I suppose I am lucky to be a painter at all considering how little support existed for art as I grew up. I learned from my mother, at first, who was also an artist by her own merits. We had no art museums near us, no classes. She would pack us kids into the car and take us to some scenic place to wait for her while she painted. It was all her idea.
        Much of my early painting started the same way. It was my idea. I bought my own paints. I decided to do it.
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