Drawing inspiration
Present turns into career for local artist
Butler Eagle
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July 25, 2012

SLIPPERY ROCK — All Tempy Moore wanted to do was surprise her husband with a unique Christmas present.

Instead, she’s surprising herself with a unique career.

Moore, a Weirton (W.Va.) resident who spends each summer with her husband, Scott, at the Slippery Rock Campgrounds, has become a nationally recognized sports artist.

“She did a drawing for me, all in pencil, of Myron Cope waving a Terrible Towel,” Moore’s husband said. “I couldn’t believe the quality. Once my friends came to the house for a Steelers game and saw it, they all wanted one.”

Moore has been making prints of that drawing and others like it ever since. She primarily draws with pencil and chalk.

The Moores studied graphic design at the Pittsburgh Technical Institute. Tempy is primarily a self-taught artist, however, and has been honing her craft as a hobby her entire life.

Scott Moore — whose grandparents were founders of Slippery Rock Campgrounds — is a mailman in Greentree.

“We enjoy our summers up here and Tempy brings all of her art equipment to our home here,” Moore said. “She does a lot of her artwork at our campsite.”

She does a lot of artwork, period.

Known primarily for her Pittsburgh sports artwork, Moore said it used to take her two months to complete a piece.

“Now I can get one done in a couple of days, maybe a week,” she said. “This has developed into my own business and it’s grown so fast.”

Moore’s art has been distributed to different parts of the country. She has done personal art pieces for Marc-Andre Fleury and Tyler Kennedy of the Pittsburgh Penguins and is working on a wedding portrait for former Pitt football player Nate Byham, now a tight end with the San Francisco 49ers.

She recently completed her first full-color chalk piece, a portrait of Pirate center fielder Andrew McCutchen, and will present it to him at the end of the season.

“We’ve done mall and craft shows and have met all kinds of different people,” Tempy Moore said. “I did a (Penguin defenseman) Brooks Orpik portrait and unveiled it at a card store in Indiana.

“He saw it and loved it. Once word of mouth started among the athletes, things really took off.”

Moore recently finished a series of 750 baseball sketch cards for LEAF trading cards that will be on shelves throughout the United States and Canada in early August.

She sent the completed cards in a few weeks ago and “the company loved them. They already want her back for next year’s set,” Moore’s husband said.

Moore’s Pittsburgh sports artwork routinely sells out at craft shows these days. But all of her work isn’t done for profit.

Moore has provided charity work for the Washington Wild Things, Sean Casey’s Miracle League Field in the South Hills, the Mario Lemieux Foundation and other charitable organizations.

“She’s done pieces to be raffled off at golf outings. .... She wants to help people out,” her husband said.

Tempy Moore’s prime motivation for doing sports art?

“It’s fun,” she said. “I never thought it would get to this point. I give credit to my husband for pushing me to pursue it.

“When I’m out in the public eye, I’m excited to see people’s reaction to my work. That alone is very, very rewarding.”