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After living in Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Chicago, he’s grateful to be able to call San Francisco his home for the past 20 years. Michael is currently single and dating in addition to enjoying the company of his cat. He occasionally works as a graphic designer and his hobbies include volunteering for local non-profits, performing locally as a musician, water color painting and geeking out on his photography blog.
Let Michael Kerner look through his viewfinder for you.
By Karma Metzler-Fitzgerald
Michael Kerner (photo by Domenic Viterbo)
After that, his art evolved as he did. Michael went to college and studied the masters of fine art and design, especially the Bauhaus movement and Gestalt theory. He was lucky enough to graduate from college just as the world went fully digital, so took his traditional artistic foundations and added the dynamics of Photoshop, Illustrator and Quark.
He put those skills in his toolbox and went to work. First in a hip downtown L.A. loft space where he did color separations for silk-screeners and got to see designs on which he’d worked lining the shelves of the Fred Siegel store in Beverly Hills.
After that, Michael joined the business world. Starting with a freelance assignment, Michael paid his proverbial dues. From that first assignment, he earned a spot on the staff of a litigation-consulting firm. Long, hours and hard work eventually lead to one promotion after another until he was the Senior Graphics Consultant and acting Midwest Regional Manager. He moved between Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Chicago. Michael was living “the dream”.
He moved to San Francisco and took a job as a graphics recruiter; more corporate that creative – although it had qualities of both and rode the first dot-com wave.
Along the way, he made amazing friends and studied with great mentors, but, he’ll admit, he got lost. For around ten years, Michael barely survived. The demons of depression and addiction were constantly wrapped around his neck back then. It nearly cost his life, his freedom and his creative soul.
He turned inward. Searching, sometimes frantically, through the parts of his heart that were still intact. What he found there was a choice; would he allow the demons and a life-threatening disease define his life or would he create his own destiny?
Then, Michael remembered that viewfinder -- that vision of the world that brought him so many gifts and filled his soul with far more joy than anything else.
He picked up a camera and the fog began to lift. His creative spirit helps to keep the demons under control. This relatively small piece of machinery reminded Michael he is whole.
So what does all of this mean to you? Well, it means he gets “it”.
Michael has the blessing of perspective that living a diversified life gives you.
If you needed a new logo and corporate identity, he has a business background to help you find exactly the right look to capture your vision.
Need a wedding photographer? Michael has the compassion to notice the look on grandma’s face when she sees her grandson marrying the love of his life.
Want capture the sheer joy of a celebration. He knows that joy.
He grew up on an Idaho cattle ranch. He knows how to work hard. He instinctively understands what it takes to get a job done and do it well. That work ethic combined with the compassion, integrity and vision that come from a fully evolving life is what makes his art pure.
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