Frequently Asked Questions

Personal Questions

Who are your inspirations?


Graphic Design: Aaron Draplin (bold style, very colorful) Printmaking: Kirchner (I tend toward an angular style reminiscent of his work, and I love Die Brücke). Misc: Caravaggio (I love his stark contrasts between figure and ground, as well as his very active subject matter) Van Gogh (both as an artist and his life story, as well as debunking misconceptions about him)




What themes do you pursue?


I primarily focus on activism, as well as all things weird! - Mental health awareness -- I've struggled with anxiety since childhood, and depression since 2016. - Disability awareness -- I was diagnosed with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy and hydrocephalus at birth. - LGBTQ+ Pride -- I strongly believe in people being able to love who/when/where they want, and being able to express themselves fully if given a safe environment to do so. - Black Lives Matter -- because they do. Full stop. As a white person, I've even more responsibility to do what I can. - Immigrants -- inspired by my love of good food, language, and culture, I believe that everyone has the right to a safe space they can call home. - Cryptids -- love me some folkloric creatures. I'm just fascinated by the way humans misinterpret common animals as weird and wonderful beasts, and the stories that come from them. - Funky real life animals that could be cryptids -- the axolotl is a personal favorite. Otherwise, you'll find my pets -- as they are a major coping mechanism for me -- and random doodles turned into full fledged artworks.




Do you listen to music while creating?


Yes! I have several playlists saved in my Spotify curated by others that are "Writing/Art/Creative" music. These often include movie soundtracks and other non-vocal tracks, allowing for more focus. I do however listen to my own curated library that contains a very wide variety to shake things up.




How/why did you start creating art?


I've always enjoyed writing, and have been doing so in various forms since I was very young -- elementary school, roughly second grade or third grade. Art classes growing up were fun, but I didn't really click with them until I got older. As for drawing, I've always doodled...over everything and anything. Journals and homework assignments, tests even...and of course, stacks upon stacks of spiral notebooks. Why I started creating art is both a very simple and very complex answer. It has always been an outlet for my burning creativity, but also a way to cope with physical disability and, eventually, mental illness.





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