Updated: Jul 8, 2021
Photos by Emily Furr & Brian D. Smith Photography | By Abi Isa Lee | July 2, 2021
We're pleased to share a new interview with a contemporary artist, Emily Furr!
Emily's enormous desire to create, explore, and embrace her creativity through self-expression is so evident in her artwork. Her work welcomes the viewers into the little worlds she created.
Read on to learn more about Emily and take a peek into the whimsical world of Emily Furr!
CW: We'd love to learn more about you and your work! Can you tell us a little about yourself and about your work?
EF: I am an artist. I specialize in painting, specifically oil painting, gouache painting, and acrylic painting. I’ve been working to create painted installations lately using cut-out pieces of insulation board.
"I am a very anxious lady, and I feel proud of myself for keeping on going even when I didn’t think it would work and when I didn’t have an audience for my work. Even though the battle is constant, I am proud of myself for pushing through self-doubt."
My personality and self are extremely present in all of my work, and I think that’s how my work is set apart from others.
CW: Thank you for sharing that!
Have you always been an artist or creator? What are some of your earliest memories of creating art?
EF: I have always loved creating. My parents both work full time and run their own small architecture business in Charleston, SC. When we were kids, my parents would just bring my brother and me to work with them every day.
"We would explore the woods around their office, building forts and getting dirty, and when we got hot, we would come inside and draw on giant sheets of blueprint paper, creating our own worlds."
We would draw up the people that lived there and the types of plants and animals, and what the people’s house’s looked like. I just remember thinking how amazing it was to be able to make something out of a blank piece of paper.
CW: That is such a sweet memory! And it reminds me of warm & cozy summer evenings.
Ok, back to your art! So, you have a distinct style of paintings that is highly involved, engaging, and time-consuming.
Can you speak a bit about your process? What are the few things that are necessary for your creative workspace? How long does it take to do a typical project?
EF: I usually need my tunes, haha. My mom recently gifted me AirPods, so I no longer am constantly dipping cords into the paint. My favorite moment is diving into a painting and having my tunes playing. It’s just such a moment of bliss when a painting is going right, of course.