I grew up in Raleigh at a time when the nuns taught at Our Lady Of Lourdes. They lived out back of the school and wore those imposing yet Holy Habits that commanded your adoration, attention, and, quite frankly, your fear. So, when they asked you to "sit up straight" with your "feet flat on the floor" and compose your letters properly according to the Palmer Method of Handwriting, you did just that! I believe it was at that impressionable age that I became infatuated with the formation of letters. When I was introduced to calligraphy in 1978, it was no wonder I fell in love with this beautiful art form. My first taste of the calligraphic world lasted no longer than one hour. The instructor turned a piece of chalk on its edge to form calligraphic works of art from A to Z on the chalkboard. That was that! But it was all I needed to fire the embers that had been sparked in elementary school. Watching the slow, rhythmical shaping of those letters was like listening to classical music. It was not until 1997 that I enrolled in my first formal calligraphy class. Boy, were my eyes opened! I knew I had a lifelong road of learning ahead of me. It's been 38 years since that white piece of chalk was laid on its side. I am still learning. Come learn with me!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Espresso Bar and Cafe sign

Here is the finished sign for the coffee shop in Winchester, Va. I must say that seeing my art on something so big and permanent gives me great satisfaction. I hope that all who enters in will do so with a smile on their face in anticipation of all the goodies that are within. Lanita, I wish you great success in your new venture and many years of fulfillment.


  1. Kerr, congratulations to both you and Lanita! Boy, that really must be something to see your art up there.

  2. Very nice work, Kerr. That sign looks really good! Makes me want to go in and have a cup. Your hard work really paid off.