Fam­ily in­spired Dana Kerr to pur­sue art

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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.

What piece?

en­joy

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.

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