What Is a P. Buckley Moss Original?


Original Pieces of Art are One-of-a-Kind.Original Watercolor painting by P Buckley Moss of landscape featuring colors of light and darker aqua, earth tones, peach and pink for the sky and white spaces throughout. Bold Black Moss Trees.

An Original piece of art is the actual board or paper that the artist, P. Buckley Moss is painting on; premium art.
Original art works have texture and vibrancy because you can see the lines and strokes that her brush or pen is making.
Pat paints many original art pieces in various sizes and subjects. Canada Goose Gallery has the largest original art, in gallery collection, of original works outside of Pat’s personal portfolio so if there is something you would like to see, please reach out to me or Karen, our gallery assistant, for advice.
How Much Does Original Art Cost?
Although it’s a myth that “good art” has to be expensive, it’s true that an original piece may come with a higher price tag than a print. When you’re looking to invest in a piece, set your budget and we’ll advise and guide you through your purchase.
Keep in mind that Canada Goose Gallery has a lay-a-way option for purchases that may help you secure the artwork you love and want to add to your collection.
“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” 
Pablo Picasso
So, What is a Limited Art Print Edition?
A signed, numbered, limited art print edition is a copy of an original piece of art that is printed in a limited quantity. The original painting will always hold the highest value in any edition and will be the most sought after part
of the edition of art.

Most P. Buckley Moss art print editions are limited, in that Pat only releases a specific number of prints per edition. There are a few editions that are referred to as “Open” editions where the edition size is not set to a certain quantity and can be reproduced ongoing.

P. Buckley Moss Art Prints are now signed with a matrix of Pat’s original signature, where once Pat signed each and every print of every edition. [Note: Prints signed can be signed by Pat in person at our annual show, and on request from our Gallery] Prints prior to about mid 1994 were all signed by Pat’s own hand.
As each art print is signed, it is also assigned its own number and the quantity of the prints in any edition will always be noted on the print itself.
The number assigned to each print will normally be found along the lower edge. Look for something similar to 17/250.
The first number signifies the number assigned to that specific print while the second part of the number behind the “/” mark shows the number of prints in the edition. In this example 17 would
signify the print as being number 17 out of the edition size of 250 total prints.

Colorful floral Original watercolor painting by P Buckley Moss. Painted by Pat's own hand. One-Of-A-Kind art piece. Mint condition. Colors of mauve, greens, tangerine, blue, black and rose.

P Buckley Moss Original Watercolor Painting Still Life Floral


Original watercolor painting by P Buckley Moss only available at Canada Goose Gallery in Waynesville, Ohio. Colors of light and medium mauve, aqua, lemon yellow and black.

Original Watercolor Collection Exclusively

Canada Goose Gallery Waynesville, Ohio



Help Children and young adults enjoy the pleasure of owning books!

Canada Goose Gallery in Waynesville, Ohio is an official Adopt-A-Book Donation Location!


Adopt a Book accepts new and gently used children’s books for all ages (baby books through-young adult age books).

Mission Statement – Adopt a Book is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing at-risk kids with books of their own.

Vision Statement – Adopt a Book is to foster literacy and a love of reading by distributing books to disadvantaged children.

Most needed are:

  • Baby Board Books
  • Children’s Picture Books
  • Children’ Fiction and Non-Fiction Books
  • Parenting Books
  • Kids Dictionaries and Cooking Books
  • Multi-Cultural Children’s Books

Bring your book donation to Canada Goose Gallery – 97 South Main Street – Waynesville, Ohio.  Kids matter and we want all children to read! For some, your donation may be the first book a child has ever owned. We are accepting books for children and young adults. Our book count is growing but we are a long way from our goal! Whenever you have books to donate throughout the year, bring or send them to Canada Goose Gallery in Waynesville, Ohio.

Share the joy books bring to all that own them.


Bring in your gently used books for children and young adults and receive a matted Black and White print by American Artist P Buckley Moss.












Who Is American Artist, P Buckley Moss

The Artist P. Buckley Moss has a unique perspective of the world.  One of the things most fascinating about her (and there are many things) is her remarkable memory for details. If you ask her what inspires her to paint she will tell you that the world is rich with details. I have been to her studios through out the years and have seen first hand the sketches on paper, tissues, napkins, envelopes….tiny pieces of visual notes to be expanded upon when she finds herself alone with only brush and canvas.

On my first visit to one of Pat’s painting studios, I was in aw of just how much artwork I saw there. There was artwork everywhere! I saw stacks of paintings piled high on her tables and cabinets in no particular order, several paintings at the ready on her drawing table and I gasped when I saw how many were just laying on the floor. The day I visited, she even had a large painting under a see-through mat on the floor. I was considering each drawing or watercolor a treasured piece of artwork to be protected while Pat seemed to have to spread them all out to get a feel for what would inspire her next. Propped against the windows were paintings in upright position in different stages of completion; large pieces and small pieces positioned so she could glance their way and envision how to finish what she had started.  When asked, “Which piece do you work on next?”, she answered, “I rarely know when I walk in my studio each morning what I will work on. I look around me at all the unfinished paintings and I know when one calls me, that will be the painting I work on that day”.

P Buckley Moss ~ Unique Perspective of the world

The Artist P. Buckley Moss has a unique perspective of the world.  One of the things most fascinating about her (and there are many things) is her remarkable memory for details. If you ask her what inspires her to paint she will tell you that the world is rich with details. I have been to her studios through out the years and seen first hand the sketches on paper, tissues, napkins, envelopes….tiny pieces of visual notes to be expanded upon when she finds herself alone with only brush and canvas.

At her recent Barn Show, Pat and I talked about her print, The Barnstormer. Far too young to remember the days when these planes flew around the country, Pat said that over the summer she wanted to be reminded of all the summer vacations gone by, the memories of days long ago, and the vacations that she took with her once small children.  “I thought the essay contest would be a fun way to inspire dinner conversations!” she said.  I think that it is important to try to figure out how to bring these wonderful conversations back into our now, digital life.


The Importance of Art and Telling Stories
I suppose that we should start by just telling more stories.  Somewhere I read that kids today are going to return to the days of caveman drawings with all their dependency on emojis.  Now I love a good smiley face as much as anybody, but one of the things I totally agree with Pat on is the “good old dinner-time history lesson-story.”  Thinking about my grandchildren and trying to figure out ways to get them to be inspired by art and perhaps write out a story for me.  I was wondering what you think about “summer memories and children who speak with smiley faces.”

I have a friend who was telling me that almost every night at her dinner table growing up there would be stacks of Encyclopedias brought out to help bolster some story or event going on that day. I thought that it was quite amusing to think about those large heavy books being passed around over plates of spaghetti (yes, my friend is Italian and not only did they discuss history with dinner, but they got to eat pasta every night too!)

This same friend sent me an essay that I must share. It is about the print, Humpback Rock, and I just loved how one image transported her into some childhood memories that were the highlight of her summers.  It got me thinking about my grandchildren and trying to figure out ways to get them to be inspired by art and perhaps write out a story for me.  I was wondering what you all were thinking about summer memories and children who speak with smiley faces.  Read the essay:   Read a great post

Is there hope?  If you have found a secret to telling stories at dinner, then please share it with me.



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Artist P Buckley Moss: Feature Story in “The Hook”

COVER- Horsing around: P. Buckley Moss and not-folk art

Crowd control

Now nearly 74, when Moss returns to Waynesboro it’s usually a working trip to take care of business at the P. Buckley Moss Museum– home of her original paintings– which opened in 1989 off Interstate 64. Even her home in the Barn turns into a workplace of sorts. It has a velvet rope through the living room for crowd control when Moss collectors and fans line up to get her autograph. And there are other measures designed to keep the line of fans moving.

“They aren’t allowed to talk to me,” says Moss, “but I talk to them. And I get two bathroom breaks.”

It’s also usually for business that she goes to her house in Chesapeake, where the Moss Portfolio publishing and distribution center is. “I come in for an hour, and I’m there four hours,” she says.

Hence the appeal of Florida. She can paint, the light is great, and there’s no Buckley-mania.

“My friends in Florida are all filthy rich,” she says. “They don’t care how much money I have or what I do. I don’t want people knocking on my door everyday. If they do, I tell them I’m the maid. And I look like the maid, not someone who owns this multimillion-dollar property.”

She also owns two houses in Italy, where she likes to do etchings. “At one time I had 15 properties– can you believe it?”

Harder to believe is this– a dyslexic girl from Staten Island grew up to launch one of the most successful art careers today– from Waynesboro– and it’s not all about the Amish and footless geese.

Portrait of the artist as a young girl

“I liked to be Tarzan,” recalls the former Patricia Buckley. One day when she was swinging alone on a rope swing, the line broke. “I landed in the dirt, and I was knocked out for a long time.” Another time she broke her arm sliding down a New York fire escape.

Tomboyish athleticism came more easily to her than success in the classroom, but she didn’t find out she was dyslexic until she was an adult. Fortunately for the young Pat, a nun realized there was an artistic young woman in their midst, and her mother got her into the Washington Irving High School for the Fine Arts in Manhattan. From there she went to art school at the Cooper Union on a full scholarship.

“I was very lucky,” she says.

Early on, before ever seeing the Shenandoah Valley that she became famous for portraying, she was painting horses. And religious images.

“My daughter does so many of these goddamn crucifixions. I don’t know what’s wrong with her,” Moss quotes her mother as saying. Elizabeth Buckley, a Sicilian American, had been a dress designer and worked as a tour guide at her daughter’s museum before she died nearly six years ago at age 97.

Moss chuckles at the memory of her mother who “just wanted to get a rise” out of museum visitors.

P. Buckley Moss settled on her professional moniker early on. “Women were not respected when I was in school,” she says. “Men got all the scholarships, the Fulbrights. So I said I’d be a man.”

After the Cooper Union, she married Jack Moss and had six kids in nine years. So how did she paint?

“I stayed home,” she replies. “I worked a lot at night, and still do.” And in 1981, after she renovated the Barn (it’s now surrounded by a Waynesboro subdivision), she built a cottage next door for her children so she could continue burning the midnight oil without putting up walls.

A 1966 painting, “Madonna,” is a self-portrait of a serious, dark-haired young woman holding a blond infant– Christopher, her youngest, who was born that year. She looks tired.

Valley girl

Unlike most New Yorkers who migrate to Virginia, Moss doesn’t confess any culture shock, perhaps because when you have six kids, you’re in a different kind of shock. But one image took root.

She was familiar with the Amish in Pennsylvania, and in 1967, after her introduction to the local Mennonite and Amish communities in Waynesboro, she began her “plain people” series.

Over the years, the plain people, who eschew modern machines and value modesty, have become part of the Moss iconography.

“They thank me for depicting them in a way that is wholesome,” she says.

In 1978, Moss met Malcolm Henderson, who became her business manager and second husband.

“Malcolm was a marketing genius,” says Peter Rippe, director of the P. Buckley Moss Museum from 1989 to 2000. “Malcolm Henderson had a lot to do with moving her from a sidewalk artist to a gallery artist.”

Rippe recounts a story about their first meeting, when Henderson had a gallery in Georgetown and displayed in the window a Moss painting he’d gotten from a client.

Someone told Moss about it, and she was mystified because she knew she hadn’t given it to the gallery to sell. She came in and demanded, “Where did that come from?”

“One of my customers was trading up,” Henderson answered, according to Rippe, who laughs.

Henderson insisted that Moss screen her dealers and use the best reproductive techniques, printers, and paper, Rippe says. “He was a stickler for fine framing.”

Perhaps more importantly, Moss’s art is accessible, and that serves a function, says Second Street Gallery director Leah Stoddard. “She offers people the opportunity to put something on the wall other than a Monet poster.”

But Stoddard says she would not try to mount a Moss show at Second Street, which features emerging artists on the way to regional or national recognition.

“Her work is not considered by critics as groundbreaking,” says Stoddard. “It has not tended to push the envelope. It’s more decorative in nature and about design. The pioneering spirit isn’t there for me as a curator.”

Stoddard doesn’t mind an artist with a marketing machine, but she cautions, “People may buy a P. Buckley Moss print for $1,000 and think it’s really worth that.”

She compares mechanically mass-produced  prints– “Some of her runs are in the hundreds, and that could be problematic”– to the dying art of hand-pulled prints done by a master printer and the artist in runs of, say, 30.

On the website, the hundred or so Mosses run from an 8.5-inch print of “Early Christmas Morning” for $49.99 to the nearly 21-inch wide “The Doctor’s Office” for $809.95.

“Collectors get confused about what is valuable when they can have hand-pulled prints for less,” says Stoddard. “In this town, you can buy an original work for under $200.”

That logic is unlikely to dissuade P. Buckley Moss fans, who may eye fancy-pants Charlottesville art galleries with suspicion. And Moss herself isn’t keen on going to Charlottesville. “It’s too crowded,” she says.

People’s artist

When she was in school, Moss admired “all the people you’d suppose who work hard.” By that she means El Greco, Modigliani, and Picasso– although she offers a stipulation with Picasso.

“I wouldn’t hang his work,” she says. “He wasn’t a nice person. He was a bastard, but I admire what he accomplished.”

She also confesses a fondness for Michelangelo: “I love David’s rear end in Florence. He has the best buns.”

Moss may not do sculpture, but her subject matter and style go far beyond the plain people and pastels that many associate with her work.

“Pat is a formally trained artist,” says Malcolm Henderson’s son, Jake, president of P. Buckley Moss Galleries Ltd. “You can see where her work has a very solid art background.”

“It’s not folk art,” says Moss. “It is a realistic form of stylized impressions. It starts with an abstract concept, and I make it more understandable.”

She mentions her blue flowers, which are more Matisse than Grandma Moses, and she’s done cubist crucifixions.

So what’s with the footless geese?

“In the Bible, feet are a sign of pride,” says Moss before she refers the question to Bonnie Stump, curator of the P. Buckley Moss Museum, who’s written a guide to the symbolism and iconography in Moss’s art.

“She paints them without feet because in the Renaissance, the devil [was depicted with] webbed feet,” explains Stump. “She didn’t want that on her divine creatures.” Geese, for Moss, are symbols of divine providence, loyalty, and matrimony.

Stump makes a more practical observation– a lot of times the birds are standing in snow, in water, in grassy fields, or in the sand on beaches, so you wouldn’t see their feet anyway.

Why is Moss so popular?

Jake Henderson points to her ability to paint a broad number of subjects in a broad number of styles– landscapes, architecture, animals. Abstract, expressionistic, realistic.. to a degree.

“Her style makes her work collectible,” says Henderson. “And it’s not available on every street corner.”

He adds that the variety also appeals to a large number of people. “And because she’s always trying something new, it keeps her work fresh.”

Her employees also note that Moss is a workhorse. “She paints all the time,” says Henderson. “She crisscrosses the country and brings new people into the galleries– the next generation of collectors.”

Backing her in that marketing effort is the P. Buckley Moss Galleries. “We’re in this business to promote Pat’s career, maintain her stature as a top artist, and maintain the value of her work for her collectors,” says Henderson.

Moss’s successful promotion of her art calls to mind another art marketing machine. But Rippe, who wrote a book about Moss called Painting the Joy of the Soul, doesn’t think “painter of light” Thomas Kinkade’s marketing– or art– is really comparable.

Kinkade runs ads in popular magazines and newspapers and has Franklin Mint editions of his work. “Pat has had her art handled by dealers,” says Rippe. “Certainly she has not advertised the way Thomas Kinkade has.”

Nor has she accumulated lawsuits from disgruntled dealers. Kinkade has been sued by gallery owners, including one in Charlottesville, for deep discounting of his prints on QVC and at a chain store called Tuesday Morning.

Rippe sees major differences between the popular artists. Even though both do lighthouses and vernacular buildings, Rippe compares Kinkade’s style to the romanticism of the 19th-century’s Hudson River School. “He’s so romantic in his approach that he becomes sticky… If you take romanticism to an extreme, you have Thomas Kinkade.”

While acknowledging that Moss can be sentimental, Rippe says, “She’s closer to a medieval illumination. She works basically from a religious platform. She uses line and color as a medieval illuminator. She illuminates with meaning, not light. Not that Pat would ever say that.”

What Kinkade and Moss do share: “People are looking for something they can understand in their art,” says Rippe. “She paints for the people.”

The Amish, her fading horizon lines and soft colors have an appeal. “People seem to enjoy her art, and they enjoy it on a simple level,” says Rippe. “It’s a very decorative style and can be recognized by anyone.”

With recognition have come some critics who use words like “stick people” and “pandering” to refer to Moss’s work.

“A stick figure in terms of iconography reminds people of a deeper meaning,” contends Rippe, “and the Amish are symbols of a type. An Amish man and woman on skates conjure up images in the mind.”

And when critics attack Moss for her simplicity, Rippe suggests they go deeper and consider the iconographic meanings.

“Some of her most significant pieces come from early in her career when she painted more in academic styles,” says Rippe. He mentions an art project from the Cooper Union, Thomas Aquinas’s Book of Man, for which she made the paper, illustrated in gold leaf, and did the calligraphy. It’s now on display at the museum.

“The same thing is in some of her landscapes, the mystery of a winter day, the silence of a winter day, where you can’t figure out where the horizon line is,” says Rippe.

“At times, when she overworks a theme– the Amish theme– it almost becomes…” Rippe hesitates. “I don’t want to say… trite.”

Despite this observation, Rippe points out that for a modest amount, it’s possible to own a piece of her art or a good reproduction. He recalls walking around a tony West End neighborhood in Richmond. “It was amazing the number of her pieces hanging in living rooms over the fireplace…. the Amish skaters.”

Rippe concedes the Amish skaters are not his favorites, and speculates they’re “not hers, either. In her home are hung the pieces with silence and mystery.”

And Moss has her own theory about her popularity.

“I think it’s a communication,” says Moss. “It’s a value thing. I love these lines. I love what I do.” And so do her employees.

Now offered in 400 galleries around the country, Moss’s work generates $10 to $15 million a year and keeps 30 people employed, the president of her company estimates.

Home again

Charmed by the black contour of a bird in a photograph she shows to a visitor, Moss says she incorporated the image into her painting commemorating Jamestown when “all they wanted was three ships.”

Besides maintaining P. Buckley Moss Galleries Ltd., Moss is a major philanthropic force with her art. She’s donated her works to WVPT for decades to raise money for the station.

The P. Buckley Moss Foundation was created in Moss’s honor to support dyslexic and learning-disabled children by promoting art in the schools.

“She’s convinced art is what saved her with her dyslexia,” says Jake Henderson. And when school budgets are slashed, art in the classroom is one of the first things to go.

So how does she combine being a philanthropist with her art empire, as well as the six children and 10 grandchildren, at an age when many would be scaling back their activities?

“You do the things that suit you,” Moss says, “that you care about. I don’t want kids to have a hard time learning. I had a hard time learning.”

And she credits others who help her to help. If someone gives her a watering can, “I’ll decorate it and it’ll go for a couple of hundred dollars,” she says. “I do my thing, they do theirs.”

More than anything, Pat Moss is successful in doing her thing. “I don’t fit in anywhere,” she says, but she’s adored by fans all over the country.

“I’m sorry I don’t have a dark side,” says Moss. “I’ve had lots of bad things happen.”

She stands outside the Barn under a cherry tree where weeds are coming up and shares a couple of juicy stories that, regrettably, are off the record. “It’s not perfect,” she says of the tree– or is she referring to her life?– “I love it.”

And the woman who once felt her art wasn’t taken seriously because of her gender has the last laugh.

“I can do what I want,” she says.

Pat Moss puts visitors in a cottage so she can work at night rather than put up walls inside the Barn.

Her dyslexia kept her from reading music, so Pat Moss is self-taught– but she doesn’t sound like it when she plays her Steinway.

The P. Buckley Moss Museum in Waynesboro is a repository of her oeuvre and a mecca for Moss aficionados.


P Buckley Moss Awards & Honors

In 1995, Moss founded the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education to aid children with learning disabilities.

  • American Mother Artist of the Year (1976)
  • 1st Place, National Arts & Crafts Exhibit, Washington, D.C. (1976)
  • Commendation from the House and the Senate of the Commonwealth of Virginia (1984)
  • Roanoke Museum of Fine Arts Retrospective Exhibition (1985)
  • Indianapolis Children’s Museum Exhibition (1985)
  • American Artist of the Year – International Wildlife/Western and American Show, Chicago, Illinois (1986)
  • Honorary Doctorate of Fine Art – Centenary College, New Jersey (1986)
  • Cultural Laureate of the Commonwealth of Virginia (1986)
  • Mammography Unit at Warren Memorial Hospital (Virginia) named the P. Buckley Moss Ward (1987)
  • Appointed Honorary Tar Heel (North Carolina) (1987)
  • Commendation from the Senate of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (1988)
  • Commendation from the House of Representatives of the State of Michigan (1988)
  • Awarded The Sagamore of the Wabash (Indiana) (1988)
  • Contributor of the Year Award, Straight – Tampa Bay (1988)
  • Conferred title of Special Honorary Citizen of Takamatsu, Japan (1988)
  • The Nittany Lion Award – Penn State University (1989)
  • Appointed Honorary Kentucky Colonel (Kentucky) (1989)
  • Annual Business/Industry Award, Waynesboro/East Augusta Chamber of Commerce (1989)
  • Sight-Saving Chairman for The VA Affiliate of the National Society to Prevent Blindness (1989)
  • Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Angel Award, Diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida (1990)
  • Winner, International Plate Award: “Family Reunion,” South Bend, Indiana, International Expo (1990)
  • Marion Ohio: P.B. Moss Day, July 11 (1990)
  • Tokyo, Japan – Metropolitan Museum One Person Exhibition (1990)
  • Award – Learning Disabled Children in State of Ohio (LDA) (1991)
  • Citation; White House Points of Light Office (1991)
  • “Woman of the Year” – Gamma Sigma Sigma National Service Sorority (1991)
  • Citation from 1st Lady Barbara Bush for Moss’ charitable contributions towards learning disabled children (1992)
  • Louisville, Kentucky: P. Buckley Moss Day, March twenty-second (1992)
  • PBS documentary “Split the Wind” about P. Buckley Moss and her art (1992)
  • Learning Disabilities Association of America – documentary video, “A Picture of Success” (1993)
  • Paul Harris Award, International Rotary (1993)
  • Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters – University of Akron, Akron, Ohio]] (1993)
  • Designated Easter at the White House Artist (1994 & 1995)
  • Outstanding Dyslexic Calendar Person (LDA), “JUNE” (1995)
  • Kermezaar Keynote Artist, El Paso, Texas – October Arts Festival Honoree (1995)
  • Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Bridgewater College, Bridgewater, Virginia (1996)
  • Distinguished Virginian Award – Virginia Association of Broadcasters (1996)
  • Living Artist Exhibition, March–September, Staten Island Institute of Arts & Sciences (1997)
  • Golden Key Award – Daughters of the American Revolution (1998)
  • Chosen Artist – 50th Anniversary Celebration, Community Arts Center of Cambria County, PA (1998)
  • Virginia Chamber of Commerce Diamond Award (1999)
  • Cooper Union’s President’s Citation (1999)
  • Pinnacle Award – International Dyslexia Association (2002)
  • Recognition for her tireless efforts to raise awareness of learning disabilities – Learning Disabilities Association of Virginia (2002)
  • December 9, Senator George Allen read Pat’s biography on the Senate Floor, thereby making her history part of the Congressional Record (2004)
  • Woman of Distinction Award – Girl Scouts of Suncoast Council, Tampa, FL (2003)
  • Margaret Sue Copenhaver Contribution to Education Award – Roanoke, College, Roanoke, VA (2003)
  • Honorary Doctorate for Public Service – Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA (2004)
  • Guest Artist – Puyallup Fair in Washington State (2007)
  • August, “Thursday’s Child”, a play inspired by Pat’s life, debuted at the Greenbrier Valley Theatre in Lewisburg, WV (2007)
  • 2008 Virginia Women in History honoree – The Library of Virginia (2008)[1]
  • Guest Artist and Speaker, 21st. Annual Quilters’ Heritage Celebration in Lancaster, PA (2008)
  • WVPT documentary, “The Lady Behind the Brush” commemorating Pat’s 75th birthday (2008)
  • Pat’s donated ‘painted violin’ appeared in the Charlottesville and University Symphony Orchestra Art String auction (2008)
  • Opening Doors Award from The Association for Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities (ACLD) of Greater Pittsburgh for her “tireless work in support of children and adults with specific learning disabilities.” (13 November 2008)
  • Award from the Virginia Council for Exceptional Children for her Commitment to Special Education (2008)
  • Certificate of Recognition proclaiming her an Honorary Iowan by Iowa Governor Chester J. Culver. It was presented to her by Iowa’s First Lady Mari Culver (2009)
  • Among the first members to be included in the Cooper Union’s Alumni Hall of Fame (2008)
  • Received key to the City of Roanoke. Proclamation from Mayor naming May 24-25th, 2013 as P. Buckley Moss Days (2013)
  • Named a Fellow of Virginia Tech’s outreach programs and the university’s Center for Organizational and Technological Advancement (30 August 2013)


About American Artist P. Buckley Moss


Patricia Buckley Moss, also known as P. Buckley Moss (born May 20, 1933), is an American artist. Reared in Staten Island, New York, she is known for her portrayals of rural landscapes and life in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

P Buckley Moss (Pat) attended Washington Irving High School for the Fine Arts in Manhattan. She who, although undiagnosed at the time, is dyslexic and struggled with some of her classes in high school. However, she excelled at art. Due to her mother’s persistence, Pat was considered for and received a scholarship to study art at Cooper Union College. It was at the Cooper Union that she began her journey as an artist.

Soon after graduating in 1955, Buckley married Jack Moss. In 1964, Mr. Moss’ work as a chemical engineer found the family of seven with a sixth child on the way relocating to Waynesboro, Virginia. This relocation became pivotal in Pat’s art and subject matter.

Patricia Moss appreciated the rural scenery and began portraying it in her art. She was particularly drawn to the Amish and Mennonite people who farmed in the countryside and has portrayed their figures in iconic ways. In 1967 she had a one-person museum exhibition that promptly sold out, after which Moss started to market her work more seriously. Her unique style, marked by her subtle stylings and the calm nature of her work, alongside the warmth emanating from her subject matter quickly won her widespread acclaim.

Referred to in 1998 as “The People’s Artist,” by journalist Charles Kuralt, Moss opened the P. Buckley Moss Museum in Waynesboro the following year. Since opening in 1989, the facility grew to attract roughly 45,000 visitors annually. Today, artwork that Moss signs as P. Buckley Moss is represented in more than 200 galleries worldwide and collected throughout Europe and Japan, as well as the United States.



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