Years ago, Laguna Beach artist Scott Moore painted “Ice Cream Man.”
Now, Moore wouldn’t be wrong to change the title of his oil painting to “Ice Cream Man, and two Olympians.”
Moore, 66, used his neighbors’ daughters as the models for the painting. Those two little girls are now members of the U.S. women’s Olympic water polo team getting ready to play in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Aria and Makenzie Fischer, who both play the position of “attacker” for the U.S. team, also played at Laguna Beach High. Makenzie graduated in 2015 and Aria is just finishing up her junior year and still is part of Laguna Beach High’s water polo program.
In “Ice Cream Man,” Moore goes to that iconic childhood memory of the ice cream man’s visit, preceded, of course, by the music coming from his ice cream truck.
“I love telling stories of my childhood through my paintings,” Moore said. “’Ice Cream Man’ brings me back to summertime, where the music from the ice cream truck stopped us in our tracks. We’d beg mom for money and chase the truck down on our bicycles!”
Moore uses a unique style in his works.
“Painting images with two scales gives me the freedom to enlarge some of the often forgotten objects that make up the details of a great memory,” he said.
Moore is one of the featured artists in Laguna Beach’s annual Festival of Arts, July 5 – August 31.
ABOUT SCOTT MOORE
Scott Moore grew up in Bellflower, California, playing baseball, delivering newspapers and drawing in his spare time. His father, Carl, was a watercolorist and graphic designer for an advertising agency in Los Angeles. Working with art materials brought home by his father, Scott developed a skill for drawing. Scott was an illustrator for the United States Marine Corps at the age of 20, graphic designer at age 22, and full time artist/painter by the time he was 29.
Scott painted traditional watercolors up until 1985, receiving numerous awards on a national level. Around that time, while showing at the Festival of Arts, he not only added oil painting to his skills, but began transitioning into the world of surrealism. Splitting his time between telling his personal stories in oil and clients’ stories through his commissioned paintings, has kept Scott glued to his easel.