As a visual artist, Jay Moody’s style is a kind of 21st century American Indian Expressionism, inspired by Indigenism, nature, music, esoteric symbolism, and personal vision. Jay is especially influenced by the Woodland Art styles pioneered by Ojibwa artist Norval Morrisseau, various tribal styles, Celtic, and medieval art. He works primarily in acrylic paint on canvas, but also makes use of reclaimed wood and produces crafts inspired by deep cultural tradition and tribal experience.
From the time he was a toddler, Jay was constantly preoccupied with drawing in pencil and later as a preteen he began working in pen and ink. By the time he was 9 years old Jay aspired to be a comic book illustrator. Throughout his youth Jay worked in multiple media and crafts before he found his way to acrylic paint on canvas. Until recently, Jay never pursued a professional status in art, preferring instead to focus on his music and education.
Jay is also a regularly performing singer/songwriter. He has a Master’s education in Anthropology and he studied the visual arts, and aesthetics and critical theory. Jay is an enrolled citizen of the Cheroenhaka-Nottoway Tribe, and of Muskogee Creek and Irish heritage. He is an active participant in the traditional medicine ways of his community and a singer of traditional and modern folk music. He currently lives in Pensacola, Florida with his two daughters.
Jay’s artwork is authentic American Indian/Native American art and conforms to the requirements of the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990.