We had the good fortune of connecting with Anthony Moreno and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anthony, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
My value’s are GOD, Family and creating Art that brings Love and Hope and some kind of peace to everyone. I know I am far from where I need to be but with God’s patient’s and love and with the love of my family and friends I get a little closer every day to where I need to be. So everything I create be it a wood art carving or vinyl art on painted glass the tone of the piece is about Love, Angels, Love lost or an illusion piece but always something that makes you feel, my motto is “Art you can feel”, not only because of the carving on the wood and the vinyl on the outside of the glass but hopefully to make you feel how I was feeling and thinking when I originally drew it out.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I started out as a wood worker who didn’t know how to use the tools of the trade but I had the stubbornness and will to buy the tools and teach myself how to use them, once I learned the basics I started creating wood furniture from custom desks to table tops and family heirloom keepsakes and custom scraped and stained stairs which led to a stair business but I knew the purpose of learning everything I learned was to be an Artisan and create something unique so I closed my business and began creating beveled and Dremeled carved unique wood crosses, carved wooden mirror bases and other wood items. it wasn’t until I met my friend john Ballard who introduced me to sandblasting which became a huge contribution to my art, and again I didn’t know anything about how to use this new sandblasting technique but I went out and bought the equipment and the software to do it and taught myself I sold my first art piece using my friends equipment at a local flea market where he himself was selling sandblasted art on glass and even though I rarely sandblast on glass I use sandblasting along with Dremeling and hand carving to create my art pieces on my wood art carvings and that led to my unique vinyl art on painted glass.
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 would have to say it would have to be Lola’s Rummage in fort worth! a not too small but warm venue that happens once a month where many artists, vendors and artisans gather to showcase and sell there art, I have to say they have it all there! food, music and live entertainment with a very nice host that makes everyone feel at home.
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 have to give credit and Love to my Artist friends, Jesus Delgado, Modesto Jesse Aceves, Erica Guajardo, Jeremy Jhort, Juan Cornejo, Javier Redondo, Tino Torres, Patricia Boyles, Manuel Maroches, Mary Love, Stacey Smith, Cynthia Castillo, Sara Rose Salih, Anthony Pham, Joe Rodriguez, Noin Rivera, Jeff church, Anita Sanchez, John Ballard, Jim Shepherd, Wesley Edwards, Steve Defoe, Kevin Won, Tanya Eastman, Joe Garcia, these are artists that have impacted my life and work outside of art events by their art and supporting me and my art with their friendship and I’ve had the pleasure of attending many art events with them, these are my friends and fellow artists.