Moore took art classes all through grade school and graduated from Berry High School in 1972. He earned a bachelor's degree in commercial art and painting at the University of Alabama in 1976. His interest in the photorealistic style clashed with most of the fine arts instructors who were then devotees of abstract expressionism. After graduating he worked as a commercial artist and sold "fine art" paintings at local and regional art shows. He was hired as a staff artist by Alabama Power Company and produced a painting of a runner for their company magazine. Granted the rights to the image, Moore sold reproductions through a self-financed advertisement in Runner's World, beginning his career in sports-related artwork.
A friend suggested he try painting sports art, and the result was "The Goal Line Stand" depicting Barry Krauss and the Alabama Crimson Tide defense stopping Penn State's Mike Guman short on 4th and 1 to preserve a 14-7 victory in the 1979 Sugar Bowl and a national title. He quickly became well-known among Alabama's fans and alumni, and for nearly two decades Alabama's athletic department gave Moore sideline passes for games, giving him the chance to soak up the atmosphere he later worked to capture on canvas.
Moore has been commissioned to commemorate numerous other athletic events and figures over the years, and his portfolio includes paintings honoring many Southeastern Conference football teams as well as images of other sports such as basketball, baseball, and golf. He has produced several book covers and limited-issue prints for special events. In 1997 Moore was selected by the United States Postal Service to create four stamp designs honoring "Legendary Football Coaches" Bear Bryant, Pop Warner, Vince Lombardi and George Pappas.
In 2005 Moore was named "Sport Artist of the Year" by the American Sports Art Museum & Archives at the United States Sports Academy in Daphne (Baldwin County).
Also in 2005, the university reversed its former support for the artist and filed a suit against Moore, arguing that he should be required to pay a licensing fee to use the school's "trademarked" uniform designs in his commercial paintings. In November 2009 federal judge Robert Propst issued an opinion that Alabama's uniform colors could not be protected as trade marks when used in paintings intended as artistic expressions. The university appealed the decision while Moore's attorneys asked for clarification on a restriction Propst issued against his selling collectibles emblazoned with reproductions of his paintings. In June 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals Eleventh Circuit ruled in favor of Moore & his company, New Life Art, Inc. stating Moore's fine artwork is fully protected by the First Amendment.
 Alabama paintings
- "Third Saturday in October" ("Third Saturday Classic"), depicting Joe Namath's 35-yard touchdown pass to Benny Nelson in the 2nd quarter of the regular season game at Tennessee
- "Between the Lines", depicting Lee Roy Jordan tackling an Oklahoma running back during the 1963 Orange Bowl
- "Run in the Mud", depicting Kenny Stabler's 47-yard touchdown run in the 1967 Iron Bowl
- "The Goal Line Stand" depicting Barry Krauss and the Alabama defense stopping Penn State's Mike Guman short on 4th and 1 to preserve a 14-7 victory in the 1979 Sugar Bowl and a national title
- "All on the Line", depicting Steadman Shealy's 82-yard 4th quarter touchdown run in the 1979 Iron Bowl
- "Top of the Line", depicting Major Ogilvie's goal line dive to seal a perfect season in the 1980 Sugar Bowl
- "The Coach and 315", depicting Bear Bryant on the sidelines during his 315th victory in the 1981 Iron Bowl
- "Liberty", depicting Bear Bryant talking to his players before the 1982 Liberty Bowl, his last game as head coach
- "The Comeback", depicting quarterback Mike Shula during his game-winning drive against Georgia in the 1985 season opener
- "The Kick", depicting Van Tiffin's game-winning 52-yard field goal in the 1985 Iron Bowl
- "The Sack", depicting Cornelius Bennett's sack of Steve Beuerlein in a 1986 regular-season game against Notre Dame at Legion Field
- "Flashback" depicting Bobby Humphrey in action during the 1988 season
- "Third and Long" depicting one of Derrick Thomas' record 5 sacks of Texas A&M quarterback Bucky Richardson in the 1988 regular season make-up game at College Station
- "Desperation Block" depicting Thomas Rayam's block of Penn State's Ray Tarasi's last-second 18-yard field goal attempt to preserve the win in a 1989 regular season game
- "The Kick II", depicting Philip Doyle's game-winning kick against Tennessee in 1990.
- "The Interception", depicting Antonio Langham's interception of a Shane Matthews pass which he returned for a touchdown in the 1992 SEC Championship Game at Legion Field
- "The Tradition Continues", depicting the celebration after Alabama won the 1993 Sugar Bowl 34-14 over top-ranked Miami. A replay screen in the background shows Derrick Lassic and George Teague on the field
- "Crimson Legacy", depicting mementos in Bear Bryant's office in honor of the 1992 centennial of the program
- "The Winning Connection", depicting Jay Barker's touchdown pass to Sherman Williams to go up 24-17 versus Ohio State in the 1995 Citrus Bowl
- "Grand Finale", depicting Dwayne Rudd's 88-yard fumble return touchdown in the 1997 Outback Bowl, Gene Stalling's last game
- "Rebirth in the Swamp" depicting Shaun Alexander's game-winning touchdown run behind the blocking of Chris Samuels in a 1999 regular season game at Florida
- "The Gamebreaker", depicting Andrew Zow's 45-yard touchdown pass to Jason McAddley in the 2001 Iron Bowl
- "Running Through the T", depicting Tyler Watts running for a touchdown with a broken bone in his foot against Tennessee in 2002.
- "The Catch" depicting Tyrone Prothro's acrobatic catch behind the back of Southern Miss defender Jasper Faulk in a 2005 regular season game
- "The Last Pass", depicting senior quarterback Brodie Croyle in action in the 2006 Cotton Bowl.
- "Rocky Stop", depicting Roman Harper's forced fumble against Tennessee's Cory Anderson in Alabama's 6-3 regular season victory
- "The Blackout", depicting a Julio Jones touchdown catch during the 2008 regular-season game against Georgia
- "The Blowout", depicting Glen Coffee rushing during the 2008 Iron Bowl
- "The Heisman Spirit" depicting Mark Ingram rushing against Florida in the 2009 SEC Championship Game
- "Maximum Block", depicting Terrance Cody's 2nd blocked field goal to preserve a win over Tennessee in 2009
- "The Drive", depicting Greg McElroy's touchdown pass to Roy Upchurch to complete Alabama's 80-yard drive at the end of the 2009 Iron Bowl
- "Champions", depicting McElroy's first down run against Florida with Nick Saban in the background
- "The Pick Six", depicting Marcell Dareus' interception return for a touchdown against Texas in the 2010 BCS National Championship Game
- "A Crimson Tradition: 2009 National Champions", collage featuring Nick Saban hoisting the Coaches' Trophy
- "Never Again", depicting Trent Richardson carrying the football against Auburn in the 2011 Iron Bowl
- "The Shutout", depicting Alabama's victory over LSU in the 2012 BCS National Championship Game
- "Restoring the Order", celebrating the 2011 Alabama Crimson Tide football team's National Championship title win
 Other Sports Art
- "The Putaway"
- "Seven, Eight, Nine"
- "Reflections of a Champion"
 Other Works
- "The Sower"
- "The Runner"
- "Bob Finley"
- Crimson & White And Other Colors, by Daniel A. Moore and David Moore, biography of Daniel A. Moore, including images of his artwork
- Iron Bowl Gold, commentary by Keith Jackson with selected articles from The Birmingham News, includes images of paintings by Daniel A. Moore from the 41 Iron Bowlgames played at Legion Field
- Liptak, Adam (November 12, 2006) "Sports Artist Sued for Mix of Crimson and Tide" The New York Times
- "Football artist Daniel Moore wins court decision over University of Alabama" (November 3, 2009) Associated Press
- Phillips, Eryn (January 30, 2010) "Five paintings to depict key plays in Tide’s 2009 season." Tuscaloosa News