Family inspired Dana Kerr to pursue art
Growing up, Dana Kerr found artistic inspiration in works from her stepfather and mother. Now, the North East artist creates almost anything, from watercolor paintings to ink drawings.
How did you get into art?
My stepfather, Barry Louwerse, is a fine artist and a commercial artist who owned an advertising studio in Wilmington. He was a huge influence and my inspiration.
As a child, I sat beside him for hours watching him paint/draw at home or design packaging and ads in his studio in Wilmington. I wanted to be as talented as he was. Over the years, he mentored me, encouraged me and provided me with art supplies. I was prob- ably the only kid who had their own set of Letrasets, Prismacolor markers and layout boards.
My mom was very creative as well, creating sculptures or pottery. I continued my love to create in high school and college, where I continued on as a graphic designer.
What type of art do you create?
Anything I get my hands on. I love to paint with acrylics and watercolor, draw with pen and ink as well as pencil on many different materials. I recently created a piece with corks that I have been saving for years.
Who are your artistic inspirations?
My stepfather, Barry Louwerse – his ability to put so much detail in his drawings is incredible. I would love to be able to focus more time learning those techniques.
Others are Georgia O’Keeffe, Paul Klee, George Graque and, of course, Pab- lo Picasso!
What do you about your work?
Bringing an idea or a thought into something that feels complete. That’s incredibly powerful for me. Creativity makes me feel alive.
is your favorite
Each piece I create is an expression and a process and, although I love all of my pieces, there is one. It’s something I painted years ago. I call it “Blood, Sweat and Tears.” It’s an image of an eye that I painted in acrylics on canvas. It expresses a time in life when you have to give everything you have and then more. It hangs on my wall and reminds me every day of the importance of using every setback and failure in the past as a foundation for success.
What would you like to do next?
More explorations with acrylics on some very large canvas.
The Cecil County Arts Council is located at 135 E. Main Street in Elkton. For more on the arts council, call 410-392-5740 or visit the arts council online at www. cecilcountyartscouncil.org.