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Studio Visit: Lisa Kerr

If I had to describe my friend Lisa Kerr in one phrase it would have to be

Joie de Vivre!

She is a bottomless pit of style, inspiration, love and of course, adventure.

When we met in Antigua Guatemala in 2010, I knew I had found a forever friend. Lisa was born and raised in Boston, but can currently be found adventuring in Spain. Yes, that's right. SPAIN!!

The adventures of Lisa are too many and elaborate for me, as an outsider, to adequately express.  She spent time in the army, has traveled all over the world, owned her own boutique, taught ESL and all the while inspiring everyone she meets with her style and well, like I said, "joie d'vivre! Lisa also has THE best curatorial eye I have ever experienced and will always find any existing treasure in at least hundred mile radius.  I visited her in Boston a few years ago and she took me to the best flea markets ever!

Thanks Lisa for all the support and expression you spread throughout the world as you go.  You being you is sincerely changing the world.

It was pretty un-canny, however not surprising, when she showed up in my studio dressed like she had emerged right out of my painting!  

It was pretty un-canny, however not surprising, when she showed up in my studio dressed like she had emerged right out of my painting!  

The painting, "Struggling Phoenix" is still struggling to be fully birthed.  Maybe, if all the stars and planets align, it will be ready tomorrow.

The painting, "Struggling Phoenix" is still struggling to be fully birthed.  Maybe, if all the stars and planets align, it will be ready tomorrow.


The story of this mythological character can be traced back as far as Ancient Egypt and is now  known in popular culture as a short hand for resurrection, rebirth, renewal.  The phoenix is a universally shared mythology and is known across many cultures; Christianity, Persian anka, the Hindu garuda and Gandaberunda, the Russian firebird, the Persian simorgh, the Turkish kerkes, the Tibetan Me byi karmo, the Chinese fenghuang, and the Japanese ho-oh.  

Typically, the image depicted represents the bird fully engulfed in flames rising out of it's predecessors ashes. Bold, powerful, literally on fire! While, for obvious reasons, we focus on the "reclaiming-of-life-force" part of this story, something is missing.  Where is the struggle, discomfort (and suffering?) We are all bound by not only our plight to love and be loved but also by our grief, loss, and finding the will within ourselves (and sometimes for each other) to keep the fire going. Thus, my painting, "The Struggling Phoenix", which is proving, quite intentionally, to be a struggle itself.  The and pull of hot and cold, the flaming movements up against stalwart walls and facades. 

When the wind blows hard and the soul embers are glowing low, may the loving attention of friends and community bring back the flames of a love for living, spreading a fire of peace and understanding and embrace around the globe.

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