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(The Louisiana Weekly) -New Orleanians and St. Augustine High School alumni and supporters have another reason to watch the wildly popular FOX Network show “Empire” on Wednesday nights.

The show, which stars Taraji Henson and Terence Howard, is showcasing the flavor and vibrant artistry of one of the Crescent City’s own, St. Augustine graduate Jon Moody.

Moody’s breathtaking artwork has found its way onto the popular show at a time when other young New Orleans artists like Jon Batiste and Trombone Shorty are garnering national attention for their inspired artistry.

Moody shared his story with FOX 8 News last week.

“What excites me about it is the ability to provoke thought,” Moody said. “It’s more than a pretty picture — it has some type of meaning behind it.”

Moody’s perspectives and thoughts come to life on canvas.

“It’s impactful and provokes a certain feeling or emotion through painting and affects someone’s life,” Moody told FOX 8. “I like to kinda let the brush strokes have its own control.”


Moody told FOX 8 that he wasn’t always certain painting would be his life’s work. At St. Aug, he excelled at track and field but art eventually grabbed his attention.

After a couple of years at the University of New Orleans, Moody transferred to Savannah College of Art and Design. He excelled at the javelin while he earned a bachelor’s degree in visual effects. By the time he had completed work on his master’s degree, oil, acrylic and even spray paint came calling.

Read the full story here.

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