A sculptor, carver, and painter, Maurice Spector channels the spirits of beings awaiting their turn to be manifested. Whimsical and poetic, his work often begins in his dreams, and is then brought to life in one of the studios on his rambling Pungoteague Farm.
Moe, as he's called on the Eastern Shore, is self-taught, and did not become a more serious artist until his 50's. His resume from before his move to the Shore, if he had one, would list all sorts of creative jobs - from working in construction, to printer, photographer, and prop master for TV and movies in Miami.
In warmer months, he creates stunningly sensitive sculptures from felled trees and natural stone, often female figures; in cold weather, he turns to drawing and painting in gouache, conte crayon, and pen and ink, his works recalling dreamscapes or surrealist landscapes.
Above is one of a series of flags he sometimes constructs. His work has been collected internationally and in 2015 he was shown at the Martha Sutherland Gallery in New York. He welcomes visitors to his studio farm but please call ahead. Photos courtesy Mark Atkinson.