Kurtis Karr loves experimenting with unconventional mediums in a continual effort to capture a sense of the magical. His work is primarily
textural incorporating a subtle intermingling of regular patterns and amorphous shimmering colors.
As far as art education is concerned – although Kurtis did take several traditional art classes throughout his early school and college years – he is primarily self-taught in all the styles, techniques and mediums he currently employs. It was not until the last decade did Kurtis ever have the courage to use nontraditional mediums and texture in his work or to delve into the purely abstract. It was a sort of an early mid-life crisis, he supposes. Whatever the case, Kurtis loves it. He would never again consider doing anything that lacked color and texture or was purely representational.
Kurtis Karr sometimes asks what he was thinking about when he was creating a particular piece. He could try to make something up that sounded deeply intellectual or spiritual but, in truth, he strives not to think about anything at all. This is a very old principal to which Kurtis was introduced in martial arts known as mushin. If he permits himself to be influenced by thoughts or preconceived notions
about what a piece should be or how a piece should look, it almost always appears artificial or contrived. As in nature, Kurtis strives to make his pieces appear perfectly random yet with an underlying indefinable sense of purpose.
Some people might accuse Kurtis of being inconsistent but he keeps his work fresh by continually experimenting with new techniques, materials or mediums. He usually produces only limited series of a particular style of work. If Kurtis develops a specific process or system for creating a piece, he feels his work is inexorably beginning to lose its spontaneity and ultimately, its joy of creation.
For Kurtis Karr, the hardest part of creating art is knowing how and when to quit. This is only because he loves the artistic process so much that he literally hates for it to end. For Kurtis, the finished work is just a by-product of the actual process. It is like a souvenir or vacation photograph which serves as a bittersweet reminder of a happy moment forever lost to time.