Name: Jahson Fuller, 17
Schools: Clarkston High and Decatur High schools
Accomplishments: This 17-year old artist was nominated as a finalist in the visual arts category for Georgia’s Governor’s Honor Program and won honorable mention in Savannah College of Art and Design’s “Cyberwalk Arts Contest” for his drawing on a virtual concrete canvas. The competition is open to high school junior and senior prospective SCAD students across the U.S. He also won the Young Georgia Authors Competition in DeKalb County School district for grade 11 for his poetry submission “The Melancholy Clock.”
Jahson, an avid skateboarder can be frequently spotted “kicking” at McCoy Park in Decatur. As the owner of Flojo, he designs, builds and customizes skateboards with high polymer paints. Inspiration comes from his maternal grandfather, a painter who introduced him to art and advised him never to stick to one thing,” said Jahson. “One day we would work in oil, the next pastels and the next day in ink. We experimented in all types of mediums.”
In the fall Jahson will transfer from Clarkston High School to Decatur High and after graduating next spring will enter college as a junior due to the number of advanced placement credit hours he has earned. He plans to study advertising and illustration at either SCAD, Maryland Institute College of Art or the School of Art Institute of Chicago.
He works part time at in Decatur and recently participated in a show at The Mint Gallery in Atlanta to benefit Trashwater, a non-profit organization that brings clean water to developing nations. “Jahson is extremely talented and extremely smart,” said Amy Bradford, co-owner of The Seen Gallery. “He’s been a godsend to us and wants to be here because he loves art and wants to own his own gallery some day.”