Artist Gerre Moore has been working with ink pen and color-pencils for decades. For Moore, 56, his journey as an artist began as a five-year-old child, inspired by his mother’s talent.
“My mom was a good painter and got all my sisters and my brother doing some kind of art work when we were young,” Moore said. “I owe my mom everything.”
In 1996, he started reading classic car and motorcycle magazines, which led to him trying his hand at drawing the classic rides. He has always had an affinity for old-school vehicles.
Moore credits as his inspiration David Mann, a well-known motorcycle artist for Easy Rider magazine. Copying pieces by Mann started Moore on a path of mastering the art of sketching motorcycles. He sat in his cell for days and spent many hours bringing the roaring two-wheelers to life on canvas.
A proud artist always has a favorite piece. For Moore, it’s his drawing of a 1980 Harley Davidson low-rider-style bike parked in front of Folsom Prison. The work took over 50 hours to complete.
Moore also has a drawing of a 1970s-style Harley Davidson at the main entrance of San Quentin prison. The drawing shows the famous prison’s watchtower and palm trees in the distance with the bike parked in the foreground. This particular piece took Moore about ten days to draw.
“I love motorcycles; they are cool. They are freedom. I love riding in the wind,” Moore said.
Moore’s art reflects his upbringing. Vehicles just have a special way of taking him back to his childhood, connecting the dots to long-lost memories
Some of his other works feature a 1971 Camaro and a 1970 Chevelle SS, two cars owned by his late brother-in-law. Each car took him about 72 hours to complete.
Recently, he created a masterpiece for a friend — a 1966 Chevelle SS, sketched with the skyline of San Francisco in the background.
According to the artist, art is a tool that gives him the opportunity to express his emotions and keeps him at peace.
“I’ve been clean and sober for 28 years. This is my substitute for alcohol and drugs,” Moore said. “It is a positive thing to do, because it keeps me away from negative peers. Art brings me a lot of peace.”
Currently, Moore is working on a drawing of a 1962 Lincoln Continental parked in a driveway alongside a 1968 pan-head Harley Davidson chopper. Moore will send the work to one of his friends back home.
“I just got going a ‘70s style chopper motorcycle with Frank Frezetta in the back ground,” Moore said. “I watch ‘Counting Cars’ with Danny Cokker, so I sent this piece to my friend who will personally deliver it to Danny for me.”