If you’re a Steelers fan and don’t know the name Tempy Moore, it won’t be long before you do.
She’s an artist from Weirton who has become a trailblazer in sports art and memorabilia.
“I still can’t believe it,” Tempy said when talking about the journey that’s taking her and her family around the world.
Her portraits have become well known by the Pittsburgh Steelers, but Tempy Moore still can’t believe her love of art has taken her this far.
“I always, you know, doodled and drew pictures and things out of the Rolling Stone’s magazines. I would draw pictures,” Tempy explained.
She and her husband Scott Moore met in art class at Pittsburgh Technical College, and he said even then he knew his future wife was incredibly talented.
Years later, Tempy drew a picture of Myron Cope as a gift for Scott, which was the start of a life-changing journey.
While Tempy was showing her work at art shows both in the Ohio Valley and in Pittsburgh, Scott was making connections with those in sports memorabilia, quickly making his wife’s name well known.
“Tried to get her an agent and I tried to get her a publicist at one point and I didn’t know how to do any of that stuff,” Scott explained. “And I got laughed at.”
But that didn’t stop the Moores.
Tempy became the first female licensed by the NFL through the Deacon Jones Foundation and has made pieces for several Steelers’ and their charities depicting current and former players like Antonio Brown.
“I’ve seen it in his home and he does cherish that piece with the late Dan Rooney,” Scott said. “They had a really close connection and for her to be able to embrace that and capture that it’s really nice.”
Tempy also created a piece depicting former Pittsburgh Steelers great Jack Lambert.
“I got to show him that particular piece, and you know he’s a man of few words, so for him to sit and have a conversation with, me it was pretty pretty intense,” she said about meeting Lambert. “I didn’t’ know if he liked it or not, but he really did like it.”
One of the Moore’s favorites is a design featuring Mike Ditka.
“Just the way she captured it is breathtaking,” Scott said about the piece. “Its really really good.”
“Oh it’s amazing,” Tempy continued. “I know they get a lot of artists taking their artwork up to them and getting it signed, so it’s an amazing experience. You never know what they’re going to say.”
Her life-like works of art have gained international attention, and now the Moores are in Heidelberg Germany for a meet and greet with the Pittsburgh Steelers Fan Club of Germany, the Dubliner Irish Pub and Hotel, which was officially recognized by Art Rooney Jr.
“The farther away you travel fro m Pittsburgh I think they more diehard they are,” Tempy said. “Just to bring some of Pittsburgh to Heidelberg, Germany you know, I’m excited to do that.”
Right now Tempy’s art is taking them around the world, and the Moores don’t know where it’ll take them next.
“Just the experience and the journey, it’s worth more than anything else,” Scott said.
But they know one thing, they want to show their kids and the kids Tempy teaches that anything is possible.
“We’re just proud of the journey we’re able to do,” Scott continued.”Just to show our kids that if you believe in yourself, hard work, anything, no one can define you and tell you you’re not good enough. You can do it you just gotta work really hard.”
Tempy Moore’s meet and greet will take place on Sunday, September 16 before the crowd watches the Steelers take on the Kansas City Chiefs.
If you’d like to check out more of Tempy’s amazing work, visit her Facebook page at Art For Yinz by Tempy Moore.
You can also visit artforyinz.com.