By Kelly Baughman
His work embodies the very essence of the Gulf Coast. From palm trees swaying in the breeze on a local island to the wildlife that inhabit it, Noah Moseley has made his love of Perdido Key into works of art that have been displayed all over the world.
Originally from Georgiana, Alabama, Moseley moved to the Gulf Coast nearly two decades ago in search of relaxation and a slower pace from his stressful life as a Microsoft software consultant and instructor. It was then that Moseley began taking in the art culture of the Gulf Coast and after visiting various galleries and art festivals, he decided to try his hand at his own work.
“I was seeing these beautiful pieces that were selling out at these ridiculous prices, and I thought to myself, ‘I can do that’,” Moseley laughs. “In all honesty, I just wanted to challenge myself to do something out of my comfort zone, and I felt inspired to tap into my artistic side.”
Armed with a canvas and acrylic paint, Moseley began to hone his craft as an artist. “I didn’t really know what I was doing. I essentially just smeared and layered paint until I achieved the look I was going for. It was basically just trial and error. I kind of became known for painting the little island near my house because I figured, you paint what you know,” Moseley said.
Within weeks, his art was gracing the walls of various galleries, and he became a staple at the Artworks Gallery owned by Talis Jayme in Perdido Key. Having made a name for himself as Perdido Key Chamber Treasurer, community charity organizer, and island man about town, Moseley’s popularity and raw artistic talent has made him a household name in Perdido Key. “There’s a joke that if the island had a Mayor, it would be me,” Moseley laughed. Although he grins, he secretly likes that one.
Moseley began achieving his dream of selling his art to the public slowly, but found himself in high demand when he created a large crab on canvas that the art community went crazy for. “I posted a couple of pictures of it, and I had people calling me wanting to buy it,” Moseley said. It was the first time Moseley had people making multiple offers on one of his pieces.
Since then, Moseley’s islands and crabs have become his trademark, but in recent months he has branched out to include everything from patriotic works to abstracts, and has pieces hanging from as close as The Original Romar House in Orange Beach and Jim’s Firearms in Pensacola to as far away as Hong Kong.
“I’ve been really blessed to meet such amazing people in my time here on the Gulf Coast. Thanks to them, I’ve been able to expand my horizons and become a successful artist lucky enough to have my work displayed in places all over the world. It doesn’t get much better than that,” he said.
Moseley said what’s next for him is a brand new style that he plans to reveal sometime this spring at Artworks Gallery. “It is going to be very different from my signature “beachy” style. It won’t really have anything to do with coastal life, but I’m really excited about taking my work in a new direction,” he added.
While people love his signature style, Moseley hopes they’ll embrace the changes coming to his art. As beloved as Moseley is on the island, the sky is the limit when it comes to the popularity of his art.
Besides, when you’re the “Mayor”, you can make the rules.