About Ken W. Moore, Sr.

K.W. Moore, Sr. in his studio

K.W. Moore, Sr. in his studio

K.W. Moore was born in 1946 and grew up in the mountains of Northern California. Ken knew he wanted to be an artist before school age spending hours at his kitchen table drawing and painting wild life. The fascination of drawing in detail every feather on every bird brought him the discipline and dedication from the very start. Selling his first piece of art at the age of 14 made him believe he could earn money doing something he loved to do.

Ken's Natural Subjects

His father's ranch the Diamond Horseshoe gave him the exposure to horses and the working cowboy which became natural subjects. This led to many portrait commissions. As the years passed and Ken's family grew he continued to focus on his drawings of these great subjects. In 1977 his work became widely recognized in a series of prints entitled "The Men of the West". Over the years, Ken's drawings and paintings have been in top cowboy art shows and auctions including the C. M. Russell show in Montana, The Ellensburg Show in Washington and the Western Art Roundup in Nevada.

Commissioned Works & Ken's Choctaw Heritage

In 1980 Ken was commissioned to do the cover and inside illustrations of "The Rifleman's Rifle", the most collected and coveted book written on the Winchester Model 70. His eye for detail is very evident and much appreciated in this book where his early years at the kitchen table came full circle.

Because Ken's grandfather was full blooded Choctaw and an artist himself working in wood producing carvings and furniture, Ken always felt a strong connection and pride in the American Indian. In 1984 he was asked by a collector of Indian artifacts to do a series of drawings and paintings showing life on the Navajo Reservation. This commission produced a wealth of subject matter for years to come. His work soon included Indians he met from many tribes.