We’ve been featuring interviews with the talented makers featured in the Mohawk Maker Quarterly, and today we sat down to talk with Tim Kerr, a notable musician and visual artist. Tim is truly a Renaissance man – he has a degree in painting and photography from The University of Texas, studied under famed photographer Garry Winogrand, was awarded a Ford Foundation grant for his work, has been involved in numerous successful bands (including one that heavily influenced the start of the Texas punk scene), and has begun showing his paintings in shows across the US.
What is the most important aspect of your craft and how do you share it with your audiences?
The drawings. Everything sort of falls into place and flows once I have a drawing. People end up seeing the results mostly through the art shows but I put some things up in Facebook post and on my web site. If anyone wants to buy something then I guess they become a customer. There is ALOT of knocking on doors for the opportunity to show work.
How did you become involved and interested in your craft?
I have been doing some sort of art for as long as I can remember. I was asked in the early 2000s to be part of a group art show and that was the point where the painting started back up.
What do you hope your audience feels when they see your work?
I paint what I paint in hopes that it might plant a seed in the viewer that they can make some sort of positive change. I have done a couple of prints of the paintings but most of what I do is one of a kind.
What do you see for the future of the craft movement?
I think people are always going to be making things. As far as a movement, it has been going on well before, and well after anyone recognizes it as such.
Any thoughts/stories you’d like to add about your craft?
I am doing what I do because like breathing, I do it to live. If someone wants a piece, that’s icing on the cake. I think for the most part, if you are going to pursue any sort of self expression, you are already starting with a handicap if your motivation for your action is to make money.