David Kersey

photo by Cannon McNair
photo by Cannon McNair

David Kersey is a Texarkana native and a gifted artist. He has been working in the world of digital art and animation for more than 15 years. David has worked for The Walt Disney Company and Sony Pictures on films such as The Polar Express, The Chronicles of Narnia, Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph and Frozen. He has even worked on two Academy Award-winning production teams!

David also served as Executive Director for PIXEL, a media arts school in Northwest Arkansas that focuses on creativity and technology.

Currently, David lives in Vancouver, British Columbia and is working on the new animated movie, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.

“I’m excited to be back on a major project and the opportunity to use my artistic abilities on a daily basis.”

What is your favorite Texarkana memory?

My favorite Texarkana memory has to be fishing in all the small ponds and lakes around the city. I would fish before school, after school and all weekend long.

Where was your favorite place to eat in Texarkana?

My favorite place to eat in Texarkana would have been Bryce’s. Even though it was a part of my family, I always enjoyed going and getting the amazing food from the buffet.

Were you a Hawk, Leopard, Razorback or Tiger?

I was a Tiger! I will never forget kicking a 39-yard field goal to beat Liberty-Eylau in the last game of my senior year. We weren’t very good that year, but you would have thought we won the state championship at the end of that game. haha

How do you describe Texarkana to your friends?

I tell people that Texarkana was a great place to grow up, that you could get around easily and know your neighbor or everyone in town, for that matter. I enjoyed the small-town feel.

Who is someone from Texarkana who impacted your life?

Mr. Ferguson (my middle school art teacher) and Mrs. Henderson (my high school science teacher) were big influences on me chasing my dreams and believing that I could succeed at anything I set my mind to.

What do you love about Texarkana?

I love the small-town feel where you can know a lot of people just about everywhere you go.

What do you think makes Texarkana famous?

Having the influence of all four states can make Texarkana a unique place and being able to stand in Texas and Arkansas in downtown.

What is your nickname for Texarkana?


What do you miss about Texarkana?

Simplicity. It is easy to get around, easy to find a place to eat, and easy to get out into the woods and enjoy nature.

What words do you live by?

Live each moment like it is your last.

TXK Roots is Texarkana Magazine’s forum to highlight and honor Texarkana natives who have accomplished big things in the world. These folks may have relocated, but they took the values, education, work ethic and creativity instilled in them by growing up in this unique border city and used these qualities to blaze extraordinary trails. We asked them to share their thoughts about growing up here. No matter how far from Texarkana they may find themselves, we will always consider them our neighbors and we are proud to claim them as forever members of our extended Texarkana community. After all, “everyone is famous in their hometown!”

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