Soft, shadowy foothills dotted with traditional white farmhouses; weathered red barns tilted haphazardly on broad patchwork sweeps of green and hay-gold fields; small clusters of black and white cows grazing placidly in the distance...it's all part of Moses Country. And, the 175 year old farmhouse, where Will Moses has his studio, is as solidly traditional as the surrounding landscape...the white house where the legendary Grandma Moses began her career.
Born and raised here, in Eagle Bridge, New York, Will Moses creates paintings that reflect the quiet beauty of this tiny community nestled close to the Vermont border. Will has created a vivid, delightful miniature world, peopled with villagers who have stepped out of the past to charm us with their simple, everyday pastimes.
As a fourth generation member of the renowned Moses family, painting is a natural tradition for Will, who began painting when he was four years old. Encouraged by his grandfather, a well-known folk painter in his own right, young Will was allowed to experiment freely with paints. Forrest K. Moses was totally committed to self-expression and passed this freedom of spirit along to his young grandson. Stimulated by his grandfather's confident approach, Will developed his own unique style of Americana.
Today, Will continues to carry on the family tradition. Although his style is reminiscent of that of his celebrated great-grandmother, it is more complex and sophisticated.
Basically self-taught, Will has honed his technique to capture all the most minute details in sharp-edged focus. It is a technique that has gained him considerable attention in art circles.
Besides having several acclaimed shows throughout the U.S. and Canada in the past, recent gallery shows and a one man show at the prestigious Bennington Museum have been equally well received. The Japanese have also become highly enamored of Will's paintings and are enthusiastic collectors of his work. In 1991 Will greatly enjoyed traveling to Japan to make appearances at exhibits of his work and to meet with collectors there. Another event of note was being commissioned to do the cover of the Christmas Country Home magazine in 1991. The magazine also did a feature article on Will and his family. Most recently Will Moses proudly announced a new milestone in his career, that being the signing of an agreement with Putnam Publishing's Philomel Books division for a two book contract. The first book, THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW, told and illustrated by Will and based on the famous Washington Irving tale is at long last available.
As in the past his works are continually being sought after by both private and corporate collectors alike. A few of the notable collections where his paintings can be found are those of the White House, The Smithsonian Institution, The New York State Museum, The Bob Hope and the Herrick Collections.
In 1982 with the help of his wife, Sharon, Will began producing limited edition lithographs through Mt. Nebo Gallery. The lithographs are printed by master lithographers from original oil paintings done by Will. Each is meticulously produced to capture the vivid colors and detail of the oils, To guarantee the integrity and quality as well as to assure limited availability, each edition is restricted to only 500 plus 50 artist proofs.
In addition to lithographs, Mt. Nebo offers a fine selection of off-set prints. These are delightful, fine quality reproductions of Will's paintings done in larger edition sizes than the lithographs. The combination of larger editions and a different printing technique, makes these available at very attractive prices. Serigraphs, which were introduced a few years ago, have also become quite popular among collectors, who appreciate their wonderful colors and small editions. Etchings are the newest offering, and so far have been quite successful. Prints, lithographs, and serigraphs all are done using quality and care as a guide.
Will and Sharon have two young boys, Jerry and Lloyd; and a daughter, Georgianna Mary. The Moses family maintains a small farm at Mt. Nebo raising Christmas trees, Scotch Highland cattle, and if the fox hasn't got them, a few chickens. They are kept occupied most of the time with Mt. Nebo Gallery & Farm, but when time allows they still enjoy the ongoing restoration of the old family farm, fishing and antique collecting.
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