Racer has been a professional artist for
25 years. He graduated
from the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit in
1984, and quickly earned accolades as a successful
young illustrator in Chicago. Tim was well known for his
keen color sense, fine craftsmanship and his fluid, stylized
of advertising and
editorial assignments, he began carving
his illustrations into wood as he searched
for a new way to express his love of form. This transition to three-dimensional
art blossomed in 1993, when he began working
with master carousel painter Pam Hessey of Hawk’s
Eye Studio in Martinez, California. Here Tim learned the
specialized craft of bringing priceless but battered antique wooden
back to life for private collectors as
well as those who love to ride our country’s
precious working carousels.
in a family of tree trimmers, and a former tree worker himself, Tim
has a lifetime appreciation for his materials. His
knowledge and understanding
of wood has given him the necessary skills for piecing back together
old and neglected carousel animals. Restoration is one
of his specialties, but carving is his true
has always surrounded himself
and they are his favorite subject matter.
Be it a small Chihuahua, a well-muscled pit bull or a statuesque
Tim lovingly combines all of his artistic skills to create unique
works of fine art that reflect the timeless
beauty of our animal friends.
Tim Racer is a regular guest lecturer at the Annual Carousel West
at Asilomar Conference in Pacific Grove, California. His restoration
work of twelve 19th-century antique Dare carousel animals is on
permanent display at the New York State Museum in Albany. Other
include carousels at the San Francisco Zoo, San Francisco Yerba
Buena Center, San Francisco's Golden Gate Park and Berkeley's
His original carving creations were recently highlighted in the
spring 2004 edition of Bark Magazine.
works on commission and can be contacted for estimates.
And to see what else Tim is up to visit http://www.badrap.org/rescue/. As cofounder of BAD RAP, Tim has a ready source of supermodels at his disposal.