30 x 40”
Oil and gold foil on linen
“Dr. Kerr” is an homage to an old, diseased, bent-over oak tree on a 1 acre property with many beautiful centuries-old oaks on it that Margaret and I bought last year and will be building a house on. The property was owned by a physician who passed away last year, who, as I have spent more and more time on the lot, I have learned was quite a character. In addition to being sort of an old school family MD, he had long hair and was very quirky, was a respected speaker, and a world class medical illustrator. He was also the team doctor for the local high school, department doctor for the Austin Police Department, and he built really elaborate rock gardens all around the lot, and hung swings and built tree houses for all the neighborhood kids. I feel like I’ve inherited a landmark, and at times, the old doctor’s spirit. So, because we are going to have to take down this tree, I wanted to immortalize it and honor Dr. Kerr.