About Rick Moore
Rick's love of drawing began at an early age. When he was three, he would entertain himself for hours sitting at the table with pencil and paper. Despite being born with a visual impairment Rick has continued to develop his skill as an artist, adapting to each challenge along the way.
As a student at the Kentucky School for the Blind, Rick had the opportunity to take art classes off-campus at Ballard High School. At Ballard he received excellent instruction laying a foundation for a lifetime of artistic expression.
Rick's visual impairment resulted in a visual acuity of approximately 20/200, and color blindness. Due to the lack of color vision, Rick has always felt most comfortable with pencil, or when really pushed, monochromatic painting. Working close to the paper to see detail, graphite smudges on his nose have always been an occupational hazard. In recent years Rick's visual acuity has declined and he has developed macular degeneration resulting in "blind spots" in the center of his visual field. Adaptive technology has provided a means to keep drawing. A camera above the drawing projects the image onto a larger screen. Rick has developed the ability to look at the image in front of him, while drawing on the flat surface below. The profile photo above shows the process. Additionally, he has learned how to use his peripheral vision to navigate his environment. He never sees the entire drawing clearly, but can only see parts of it, visualizing the whole picture in his mind.
In addition to his skill as an artist, Rick is also an accomplished musician graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Louisville. In music school he studied classical guitar, but has played rock and roll on his electric since his teenage years.
"I have a strong faith in God and believe that art and music are two of God's greatest gifts to humanity. As a blind person, there are limits to the activities and experiences I can enjoy in life. Racing motorcycles, being a pilot or brain surgeon alas are lost to me. I am very grateful for the joy I receive from creating both artwork and song that, hopefully, will bring joy to others as well."