Figurative painter Timothy Cummings has a wild fantasy life and a dark side. He is also one of the few enviable people who has known all of his life what his purpose is, and has been pursuing it like a heat-seeking missile since his childhood.
Cummings was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and raised in the comfort of a highly supportive family. From early on, Cummings' mother actively fostered his individuality and facilitated the realization of his fantasies, whether doing so entailed providing the young Cummings with supplies to support his burgeoning
artistic habits, or allowing him to wear a dress and play with dolls instead of playing football.
At school, however, Cummings' circumstances were far more frustrating. After struggling for years with feelings of alienation from his peers and the limitations of a structured education, Cummings dropped out of high school right before the end of his senior year, only to return at the insistence of administrators who promised him a full scholarship to art school if he complied with their request.
As an art school student, however, Cummings' discontent only increased, and after only 12 days of enrollment, he withdrew. As an alternate method of furthering his personal and intellectual development, Cummings became an autodidact who inundated himself with facts and ideas in order to familiarize himself with a variety of artistic techniques and movements. Cummings notes, "That was purely my education; I got all the information I could from the library, or from books I could find, or TV and old films."
An excerpt from an article in the Magazine JUXTAPOX by Annie Tucker