“Without art there is nothing.”
“Give me a pencil and I’ll draw you a story.”
“Artists feel all the feelings.”
Born in the small town of Meridian, Mississippi, the artist known as fuzzfur (Daniel C. Ethridge) started developing artistic talent at an early age. Encouraged by his parents to carve out a niche within the art world, he logged thousands of hours doodling on his mom’s bank envelopes and gum wrappers while sitting on a church pew at the Gospel Light Pentecostal church. At the age of 9, he attended a kid’s art class at the highland park activity center. These were formative days filled with popsicle stick people and sock puppet creations, art became a form of entertainment and play. Hungry for art throughout junior high and high school there was no question of the trajectory that was to follow. After graduation from high school, Fuzzfur completed one year of broadcasting classes at the local community college and then switched his major to Graphic Design. He soon became a graphic designer intern working for the local newspaper and tv stations, beer distributor, Peavey electronics, several t-shirt printers, and ad agencies around town. Upon graduation from college, he was hired as a web designer and then after a few months became the webmaster at the local community college. While working as a webmaster he completed his Bachelor’s degree in Visual Communications while working full-time.
He eventually moved to Jackson, Mississippi, and began working for the Mississippi Tourism office where he managed the state’s tourism website and worked to promote the state of Mississippi’s tourism attractions. Daniel would occasionally accompany groups of reporters and journalists from countries all over the world on tours around the state including the Mississippi River Delta region. After living in Jackson for 5 years and working on a Master’s degree in Game Development from Full Sail University. Daniel decided to leave and return to Meridian Community College to teach graphic design.
2015 – Present
Upon returning to Meridian Community College as Graphic Design Instructor, Daniel jumped headlong into expanding his art. During the day, helping to mold minds into artists and in the afternoon, crafting and refining his own artistic talent. He took several pottery classes from Bruce Guready and then continued to audit the class to have access to the kilns and work area.