Frequently Asked Questions

  • Graphic Design
    • Aaron Draplin
      • bold style
      • very colorful
  • Printmaking
    • Kirchner
      • I tend toward an angular style reminiscent of his work
      • I love Die Brücke as a collective
  • Sculpture
    • Dustin Yellin
      • Miniatures are fascinating re perspective
    • Félix Gonzalez-Torres
      • Activism through public sculptural displays
  • Painting
    • Caravaggio
      • Stark contrasts between figure and ground
        • Very active subject matter)
    • Van Gogh
      • Both as an artist and his life story
      • Debunking misconceptions about him
  • Misc
    • Ana Mendieta
      • She studied at the University of Iowa
      • Passion for women’s rights and identity politics)
    • Tony Fitzpatrick
      • Multimedia artwork is something I want to explore further
    • David Lynch
      • Because, well, David Lynch
      • Films as well as artworks
 

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
    • I love 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
    • Axolotls are a personal favorite

 

  • My pets
    • Bumble, black cat
    • Tabor, white cat
    • Zeke, labradoodle
    • Assorted goats!
  • Random doodles turned into full-fledged artworks

Yes! I have several playlists saved in my Spotify curated by others that are “Writing/Art/Creative” music. I’ve found that, with a few exceptions, I can’t listen to movie soundtracks while creating, as much I enjoy them…I need vocal stimuli so my brain doesn’t wander too far. I do, however, also listen to my own curated library (over 1300 songs strong) that contains a very wide variety to shake things up.

 

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.