“In middle school I was the go to kid for drawing demons and weird weapons on friends brown paper bag book covers. I didn't think much of it at the time because it was a lot of fun and a way to make friends for a shy 12-year-old. In high school I read a lot of mythology and comic books. When I saw Greek pottery at a museum in New York I made a profound connection between domestic spaces and storytelling. After high school I went to Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. As a kid from a small town in a rural part of southern New Jersey it was a dramatic culture shock. I think this also fuels my fascination with how people, regardless of language barriers, communicate their traditions and lifestyles.
I love all kinds of artists, but I especially enjoy mixed media artists like Michael Swaney, Drew Beckmeyer, and Devin Troy Strother. It's interesting to see how often they experiment with mediums and deal with wildly different concepts. Shopping at arts & crafts stores which sell everything from model train accessories to glitter markers is another way to prepare my brain for a new project. The clerk’s reaction to the eccentric medley of things I bring to the front desk is always a conversation starter.” – Tim Furey