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'A stranger to fame as I was to me, 

she smiled on the canvas...

At beautiful streams I drank it all in 
till clouds found me missing...

No day held fear, I was my master 
for my dreams were pure'.

Laurence A Kerr, 2010, ‘Bio of an Artist’ 
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Laurence A Kerr

 

As a child, I was a prolific fine artist and greatly encouraged by my parents and my Art Teacher to succeed. Inspired by works like the Mona Lisa, I wanted to capture and radiate on canvas the powerful inner beauty and innocence that I saw in people and of splendour in nature. I lived for my art. I hoped it would be an inspiration for others and oil to the soul....

 

I had my canvas and i was happy to make it smile because others delighted in my work.

 

One beautiful summer day, with sketch pad and pencils I ventured a few miles from home where I found my favourite artists hide away under an old forest footbridge. For many hours I sketched the dancing light on living water running out from under the shade of the ageing rustic brick. I was sublimely held in time. I was oblivious to all else around and above me, unaware of the insidious approach of dark clouds and fading light. In my mind were no threats, nothing that could spoil my 'heaven'. I look back to that special day with warmth of heart. However, all too quickly dark clouds of life covered the 'world' of my younger brother and sisters and me with the tragic early deaths of our loving parents. Those were dreadful days for my family. Yet, we had to carry on. 


Laurence A Kerr

 

 

I am captured especially by celestial qualities in people, even if they don’t recognise their value and virtues.

 

'Majestic Wild' is a homily to my brother Neville. He died in Bristol, England in March 2016 after a long illness. A few months before his death my daughter Joanna and I stopped alongside a field complete with a beautiful foal and parents. The parents wanted our attention and they got it. The foal wanted to play and the parents didn't. Eventually the parents gave in after incessant nudging by the foal. The wee family galloped and jumped and bucked and steered. They went wild. It was beautiful and exiting to watch. Neville was like the foal. He didn't want to be too serious and liked to show off a bit.........to go wild and stay young if he could. He loved horses. Aged around ten I remember him riding bareback at my Grandfathers farm and aged twenty he paused on a homecoming visit from England to take in the majestic wonder of horses being wild. While I mourn his tragic early death and the wild and terrible things that became part of his life, he was and remains deeply loved and cherished.

 

'Through the Gates' was a song from the depths of my soul to Doug and Judi Dickens (Raleigh, MC) whose daughter died in 2013. They are truly inspiring and uplifting people. Doug is a fantastic Artist with a real history of supporting numerous other Artists and a powerful writer of moving songs. Be inspired and moved. http://www.reverbnation.com/dougdickens

 

'Eliana' was a prayer of thanks for the healthy birth of the daughter of Pastor Nick and Michelle Serb and sister of Abigail. God clearly responded to their incredible love for Him and their faith in Him supported by numerous Saints in prayer.

 

'Ab Intus' (From Within) and 'Pretioso Momenta' (Precious Moments) were heartfelt tributes to my nieces Zoe and Gemma, who courageously faced and overcame separate but enormous challenges.

 

'Lucetis' (You Shine) marks my deep love and appreciation of Jason and Joanna for their love, faith and hope expressed during and beyond the separation of their parents, of whom I am humbly one. They are both wonderful writers and Artists. An example of Jason's early songs, 'Pay for Your Love' is on the front page of this website, although he is now leading the Heavy Metal Band 'Oracle N.I'. You can find J. and the good music of the Band at

http://en-gb.facebook.com/oraclebandni/

 

Joanna has written a number of short stories, won School awards for debating and public speaking and can be found promoting good politics on her website

http://craftofpolitics.com

 

Together, they are a fountain of love and a tower of strength to me, always making life beautiful.


 

 


I have a broad love for all things musical but time and again I return to Rachmaninoff Piano Concertos especially No 2. This is one of the most majestic and deeply moving artistic accomplishments that I have heard. In this, I absolutely recommend the following recording of no 2 op.18 by the amazing concert pianist and Artist Anna Fedorova:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEGOihjqO9w

 

STEENAUDIO

 

Very special thanks to Paul at 'steenaudio' who has mastered much of my work. He is much appreciated for taking the time to work on my humble offerings despite being in demand from some top Artists. Paul can be found at http://www.steenaudio.com

 

All that is good here is to to the Glory of God.



 

 

 

 

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