Tim Ray Fisher is a disabled folk artist that primarily creates shadow box assemblages, whimsey bottles, and geometric paintings, in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He was born on November 7, 1969, and his ancestors are of Mennonite and Amish decent, on both sides of his family. He grew up with the crafts and art designs of these religions, and they inspire some of his artwork today.
The artist uses many vintage items, primarily found at flea markets and thrift stores, in his unique pieces of artwork. The artist is most proud of his whimsey bottle creations, which takes time and patience. Whimsey bottles are becoming a lost form of art, and not many people create them nowadays. The history of whimsey bottles, along with many examples, can be viewed at www.folkartinbottles.com.
The artist survived Guillain-Barre Syndrome in 2005. He started taking art classes as a hobby, due to a weakened body. Creating artwork is also very therapeutic to the artist today, as it helps him alleviate his anxieties and acts as a form of meditation. He has been diagnosed with both Major Depressive Disorder and PTSD, due to surviving a traumatic childhood.