We had the good fortune of connecting with Brian Moore and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brian, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I served in the U.S. Air Force for 21 years and retired. Once i retired, I really wanted to focus on a career that I love and have a genuine passion for all of my life. I felt that with retiring from the military, this was a perfect opportunity to pursue my dream of running my own graphic design/fine art business.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’ve been an artist my entire life. It’s been a passion of mine since I was a young child. My mother and father are both artists, so growing up they inspired, nurtured and encouraged my art. My dream profession when I was a child was to be an artist at an advertising agency or an art teacher. I know those may seem a bit odd for a child to aspire to, but I knew I wanted my entire life to revolve around creating art. My plans took a turn in another direction and I enlisted in the US Air Force. I retired from the USAF in 2016 after 20 years of service. Although, I still created art when I was in the military, it was in a limited fashion due to my military responsibilities and schedule. Once I retired from the military, I decided to follow my original dream and I enrolled in the Art Institutes of California. While I was in school, I began taking on commissions for clients and it was a pleasant surprise to realize how in demand my artwork had become from word of mouth and reposts on social media outlets, Facebook and Instagram. One of the biggest challenges that came with doing commissions was noticing that my artwork was slowly changing from a therapeutic escape that is had always been to becoming a business. It was difficult applying the business mindset to my art, but I never gave up. I had to learn to compartmentalize the business aspect of my art and the passionate aspect of my art. I honestly just want to inspire people with my art. I want to inspire artists, art lovers, art buyers, and creatives overall.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I currently live in Atlanta, GA. Ive been living here now for three years so I’m still learning the city myself. But if a friend came out to visit for the weekend, we would start with brunch at BQE Lounge. After brunch, we’d go to the High Museum of Atlanta. This is one of the most amazing museums I’ve ever been to and I’d love for my friend to experience this beautiful art. After the High Museum, I’d take my friend to Ponce City Market. Ponce City Market is an amazing historical place in Atlanta that has many shops, bars and restaurants. But the highlight of Ponce City Market is unquestionably the rooftop. The rooftop has carnival games, miniature golf, 20ft tall slides, bars and an amazing restaurant. All of this can be enjoyed while getting the perfect view of the Atlanta skyline. After dinner at Ponce City Market, we would go to one of my favorite lounges, Boogalou, and have some drinks and hookah.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I definitely want to shout out my mother, Wanda Baker for supporting me in every aspect of my journey up to this point. I want to shout out every one who’s showed love and support to my art, bought my art, commissioned personal art pieces from me, and my amazing friends and family who’ve encouraged my growth!!
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