An Addition to the Menagerie by John Matthew Moore

I gushed about artist John Matthew Moore yesterday and a painting I saw at the 2012 DC Design House that I loved. Today, I'm continuing the story.

That painting hadn't been photographed at the Design House, but I knew it would show up on Matthew's website. Once I found it, I showed it to my husband and now I'm sharing it with you.

Meet Bell:

Bell by John Matthew Moore

The digital image obviously doesn't show all the detail, but visiting it in the online gallery made me happy.

Skip to Christmas morning. Marc's gift to me was an envelope.

The message inside said that I was getting the first print of Bell. My reaction had Marc laughing.

Yep, I was so touched that I cried a little bit. Marc had contacted Matthew to make the arrangements.

A few weeks later, I met Matthew at A & D Custom Framing in McLean one morning to see the Bell print and talk about framing options. The last time I was at A & D was when my other John Matthew Moore print, Olivia, was being framed. As promised, my print is #1.

Picking out a frame for Olivia didn't take me long years ago and I found picking a frame for Bell pretty straightforward.  Of course, it helps when the artist himself is pulling the options to consider.

 In the end, we decided that she'd sit on an ivory mat that would match the color on her forehead (the mat in the image above is more creamy and isn't being used).  Matthew has developed his own line of frames and I felt like the options were perfect. Bell's a farm animal, so we decided the more rustic frame above made sense for her. Matthew is going to paint that frame to look similar in color to the frame with the black rosette on it.

Color wise, the finished product will look similar to this next picture, but the frame will be the lower profile frame above.

So the 785 square foot condo is getting another fairly substantial piece of art. I think we have the smallest home of any of Matthew's clients. His work is on more walls of estates in Potomac and Middleburg than on the walls of little condos.

How do you like the newest addition to our menagerie?


  1. Laura Ingalls GunnAugust 5, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    This perfect gift will leave you smiling for many years!

  2. He's actually starting to do some originals that are around the same price as the prints! I might do a post about them in the future.

  3. Oh wow, you are one lucky lady!! I am envious (in a good way!) about your addition to the menagerie! I would love to have one of his farm animal prints in my home!

  4. Oh, congratulations on the expanding family! I love Bell. I can't wait to see where she "hangs" out. :)

  5. Thanks! I *think* she'll be in the bedroom, but I'm not totally sure. :)

  6. Oh, I just love it! It's going to look beautiful hanging in your home.

  7. I'm actually thinking of making changes to our bedroom so it goes a little better. :)

  8. Waaaaaant. That is all.

  9. Bell is so fortunate to be part of your art collection.....


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