We are please to share the work of Emily Furr with you! Not only is she an amazing artist, but a wonderful friend.
I am originally from Southern Illinois and moved to NYC several years ago. I have made a living on-and-off from graphic design, though my passion has always been fine art.
It’s funny, a lot of artists started out as realist painters and ended up as abstract artists. For me, it was the opposite. I started out doing complex pattern abstractions with pencil or ink. But oil paint kept calling to me and I slowly warmed up to it. Oil painting is a delicate dance — you have to let the paint speak to you and tell you where it wants to go. As I was experimenting, I found myself creating more and more realism. So even though in my circle realism was unpopular at the time, I just went with it.
My intention is to merge modern themes with classical style painting. I am trying to illuminate our era with the light of history and human meaning. I want the viewer at a glance to think he or she is looking at an age-old painting, then to slowly realize it is from today.
My mantra has always been simplicity. I’d rather allude to things than say them outright.
I am intensely inspired by NYC, but I also love nature, especially a forrest landscape.