BURTON E. MOORE, JR.
Burton E. Moore, Jr. is somewhat
of an enigma. Although very much an extrovert, he makes every
effort to keep his own life a very private matter. Burton
was born January 22, 1945, in Columbia, South Carolina, from
a long line of intelligent and talented ancestors.
His father, Burton, Sr., is a
mathematician with a master's degree, and his mother, Mary
Jane, is a professional interior designer and member of the
American Society of Interior Designers. All these factors
came into play in Burton's early years and greatly influenced
his career, although, ironically, he failed one high school
art course due to "conflict of interests with the 'young
At age 21 he postponed college
and joined the U.S. Marine Corps. He ended his "lash-up"
as a sergeant and member of the Marine's sniper team. After
finishing college with a B.A. degree in American History,
he signed up with the Corps in the officer program at Quantico,
Virginia. He served time in The Republic of South Vietnam,
Laos, Cambodia, and the Gaza Strip in the Middle East.
During this time, as brief respites
from Marine infantry, he attended U.S. Army Ranger and Airborne
schools, the High Altitude - Low Opening (HALO) parachute
course, and U.S. Navy basic and advanced SCUBA training. As
a first lieutenant he taught a course in aerial photography
and topography interpretation for Army 5th Special Forces
Group, attended the Night Parachute and Infiltration Course
with 41 Commando Group, British Royal Marines as a liaison
officer, and trained with the 2nd Parachute Battalion (French)
Foreign Legion on Corsica. After nine years with the Marines,
Burton left the Corps as a captain specializing in counterinsurgency
and parachute reconnaissance.
Soon after putting his military
service behind him, Burt decided to pursue a career in art.
A local exhibition was arranged coinciding with the reproduction
of his first sporting art in his state's wildlife magazine.
He walked into a well-known frame shop to have his work framed.
A pretty, young lady by the name of Jan Gestefeld owned the
shop and personally assisted him in the selection of frames.
For Burt it was love at first sight. They were married shortly
He continued to teach himself
to paint because art schools generally taught abstract art
and other forms that had nothing to do with wildlife and sporting
art, even shunning that field as a sub-art form, and were
saturated with avant-garde artists with whom Burt had little
in common. As his reputation grew, he became noticed by magazine
art editors and fine art publishers. He is best known for
his portrayals of hunting dogs, old decoys, and the ambience
of duck hunting.
Burt has always enjoyed certain
sports. Prior to and during his marine corps time he enjoyed
sport parachuting (has over 500 jumps), and did some Golden
Gloves boxing in the light-heavyweight and heavyweight division.
He is an avid collector of antique firearms of the American
Civil War period, and classic sporting shotguns and rifles
of the "golden era" prior to World War II.
Hunting has always been a necessary
part of Burt's life, and he plans to raise his son, Burton
E. Moore III, in that tradition. His Chesapeake Bay retriever,
Gun, will certainly play an active role in that, as well as
serve as subject material for future paintings.
Most of his hunting is that of
waterfowl, but some has been done in Western North America.
He is planning a trip to Africa for both hunting and photography.
The very mention of the Dark Continent raises the adrenalin
level of any hunter.
Burt had entered the Federal
Duck Stamp competition only once before his painting was selected
for the 1986-87 design. When asked if he planned to enter
state competition as well as the federal, he replied, "As
a general rule I am not fond of entering any duck stamp competition,
be it federal or state, because it lends itself to a continuous
'playing the odds' game that results in ones' becoming a quasi-slave
in hopes of eventually winning a contest instead of concentrating
and taking the long time required in thought process for creating
a work of a more refined nature." His paintings have
been on exhibition at The Smithsonian Institution, Cleveland
Museum of Natural History, The Leigh-Yawkey Woodson Art Museum,
The Masters Show in Ligonier, Easton Waterfowl Festival, Southeastern
Wildlife Exposition, and others.
Burt now resides in historic
Charleston, South Carolina, and is a Life Sponsor in Ducks
Unlimited, a "by the books" wildlife conservationist,
and has been as active as has been permissible in helping
the underprivileged. With his sudden change in financial status,
he plans to do more work in that field.