YabYum Seven: Johnny Kerr

Johnny Kerr1. Who are you and what do you do?

Hello, my name is Johnny Kerr. I am an Arizona native, a photographer, a teacher, a musician, a husband and a dad.

2. How did you get your start?

I’ve always found joy in art. I took every art class available to me in high school and then went on to art college right after graduation. I got my bachelors degree in media art and animation and found a graphic design job. I loved graphic design but after doing it for a while I became burned out and rarely created art for myself anymore so I decided to change course and try to find that joy again. I went back to school and earned my masters in education with the intention of teaching art. Jobs were scarce and I ended up getting hired for a photography position. At the time I was hired I had only used point and shoot cameras to goof around with compositional ideas but I immersed myself in the craft, determined to teach it well, and found that I loved it. I now consider it my primary medium as an artist.

3. What inspires you? 

I could fill pages with the art, cinema, literature and music that have inspired me throughout my life. I seek out these things obsessively on a daily basis and consume as much as I can to stay inspired and connected to other creative people. I’m also inspired by kind, genuine people, community, intimate times with my family and, at times, solitude.

4. What do you like about AZ? Johnny Kerr 1

I like that you can experience the big city life and culture but drive just a couple hours North and escape to the mountains and pines to recharge.

5. Where can we see you(r) work?

If you’re in the Phoenix area this October you can catch my Abstractions show at The MonOrchid’s Bokeh gallery. You can see my work anytime on my website here or look me up on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, 500px or Behance.

6. What would you like to accomplish before you die? 

I honestly don’t think that far ahead. I’m alive right now so I just pursue growth and have faith that it will positively affect my relationships and my art.

7. What is your mantra?

Be humble and keep learning.


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