Creative skill and imagination to produce works that are appreciated for their beauty or emotional power is one summation of Art -- a subjective human experience.  Meet Jarred Hurlocker, 15, and a tenth-grade student at Fort Smith Future School who plays electric guitar, and most notably aspires to a life of art production.  "Art and music have always been neck and neck for me because both are creative ways to express yourself," a shy Jarred explained.

Creative skill and imagination to produce works that are appreciated for their beauty or emotional power is one summation of Art -- a subjective human experience.  Meet Jarred Hurlocker, 15, and a tenth-grade student at Fort Smith Future School who plays electric guitar, and most notably aspires to a life of art production.  "Art and music have always been neck and neck for me because both are creative ways to express yourself," a shy Jarred explained.

In October, B-Savvy Magazine offered Future School students and opportunity to submit artwork as a competition for the cover image.  Jarred and his submission went through several rounds of critique and editing before arriving at what eventually became the B-Savvy cover.  "I was surprised and glad that my piece was liked," he said.  "I had entered the contest in hopes of getting my art seen by people and a chance to find out if they like my art."

Jarred works mostly in monochromatic tones with sparse color using pencil, ink and colored pencils.  He also works with paints and recently more digital/graphic design applications. "This contest took me out of (my) comfort zone, which was a good experience," he shared.

He sees art as a piece of himself and his "style" as the way he transfers his art expression onto the paper.  Using light red pencils he starts with scratchy lines later embossed with ink has been his "go to" form.  "My career goals in art is just to create something and make a living at it," he said.  "When you get to produce something, it's rewarding because you get to bring things into the world."

Jarred sees the opportunity to work with B-Savvy's art director, Royce Fitzgerald, as a benefit to his artistic education.  He said, "I had to take every word that was said into careful consideration because I wanted to listen to professionals and to learn from them," he explained.  Fitzgerald gives accolades to Jarred's work, "Jarred did a terrific job on this month's cover art.  He has a bright future as an artist and I'm sure he'll be a successful professional one day."

Future School is a local charter in it's first year and Hurlocker is in the first class of pioneering students.  Part of the school mission is to help students find internships through community partnership where students get real world career exploration. Hurlocker has yet to find a local art avenue for his steady internship. He credits B-Savvy Magazine with giving him an art career experience that formerly had only been a dream.  He grinned and said, "It is cool that my work has received recognition and that so many people will get to view it."


candise montemayorBy Candise Montemayor

Candise Montemayor is a seasoned journalist and freelance writer/photographer who has been published in newspapers and magazines throughout Arkansas,Texas and Oregon. She has taught several young adult creative writing classes in the Fort Smith area. She is passionate about community involvement and contributes part-time to the Fort Smith Public library as a teen specialist in the youth services department.

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