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Born in Atlanta, Georgia, John Moyers’ family later moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where Moyers spent the greater portion of his childhood. As the son of Cowboy Artist of America member William Moyers, he was raised in a household that lived and breathed art. His parents were very supportive of his artistic ambition. “Art was all around me,” he once said. “Dad would go over my work and help me see the areas that needed improvement. I just grew up with art.”
Following his artistic interest, Moyers spent a memorable year at the Laguna Beach School of Art, taking courses centered on life drawing. He enrolled in both day and night classes. Next, Moyers attended the California Institute for the Arts, with the help of a Walt Disney Studios scholarship. Classes were on animation techniques. “Even though I never went into that field,” he explains, “I really grew from the experience. They had such great instructors.” Although Moyers never drew animated figures, he did work briefly in the cartoon industry drawing Spider Man. Moyers also studied under renowned Western painter Robert Lougheed, attending the Okanagan Game Farm workshop in Princeton, British Columbia, Canada. It was there, in 1979, that Moyers met Terri Kelly, also an artist. They were married in 1982 and settled in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
With natural talent combined with years spent developing his skills, Moyers is able to capture the spirit deep inside his subjects in a way that reveals their very essence. This ability and determination led him in his father’s footsteps, and Moyers was elected to the Cowboy Artists of America in 1994. In 2002, Moyers was awarded the Cowboy Artists of America Show’s Gold Medal for oil painting and was honored by a vote of the entire membership with the Cowboy Artists of America Award for best overall for his exemplary artworks in the Exhibition.
Moyers was also honored at the Cowboy Artists of America 2003 Show with a Gold Medal and the Kieckhefer Award for his oil painting Gathering Storm, and his work has been featured in magazines such as Southwest Art.