The Autobiography of
John “Jahni” Moore
“A Creative Spirit Manifest in The Flesh”
Jahni as he is called and signs his art work
is more than just an artist. As an educator and writer he has won awards for
both creative and humanitarian endeavors. He believes that creativity in all
its forms should be an integral part of any true education and healing process.
was born in the Madison County Alabama. He was too quick in his arrival and had
to be delivered at home by a local midwife. He grew up in the inner city of
Huntsville, AL. His love for art and nature became apparent at an early age.
Spending time in the wooded area behind his parents’ home, reading, and drawing
were his favorite pastimes. His earliest heroes included Jack London, Jim
Kjelgaard, Walt Disney, and George Washington Carver.
In elementary school his vivid imagination,
nonstop reading, and daydreaming often got him in the hot seat. Jahni
soon became known as the boy who could draw. His first art victory was won as an
eighth grader at Davis Hills Middle
In high school he excelled in every subject, math being his greatest challenge.
During this time
his creative arena
expanded to writing and drama
Upon graduation from high school, Jahni attended Alabama A&M University in
Normal, AL. As a focused wide-eyed dreamer of a college student he was an active
member of the Thespian Society and President’s Scholar’s Society.
Restless with creative energy, he won the
Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Contest then wrote several stage plays including a
screenplay called The Darken. The response to the work showed the
artist how art as a sensual medium in any form could serve as a means for
inspiration and education. Dedication and love of the arts inspired him to
graduate Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. degree in Commercial and Advertising Art
and a minor in English.
graduation he realized that one of his college instructors was right in terms of
being a fine artist rather than a commercial artist. After working as a
freelance commercial artist for some time, his own fine art work began to take
precedent. From that time he has worked as a fine artist and art educator,
oftentimes utilizing art as therapy with organizations such as Children’s
Advocacy centers, Hospice Caring House, and Youth-In-Action. While living in
Chester, PA he spent time with artists Andrew Turner, Bill Dandridge, Cal Massey
that time he has won numerous awards in the area of art, earned a living as a
full time artist, had work featured in a major motion picture, earned an M. ED.
in Art Education, Studied with muralists Joshua Sarantitis, and worked on one of
the largest projects in Arizona’s history of public art and moved back to his
native Huntsville, AL. For most of his
career, the artist has been about the mission of bringing art to everyday
people, believing that we should hold this truth to be self evident, that all
are created sacred, endowed with an inalienable right to greatness.