Today we’re joined by Katie Hill. Katie is an amazingly talented visual artist who sent along a striking painting. She is mostly a painter and is heavily influenced by artists like Vincent Van Gogh. Judging from the painting she sent along, she is a wonderful talent we’ll see more of in the future. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I do a variety of subjects in my paintings, usually fictional characters, but other days, it is just a representation of what I feel when I start the project. I also draw things, but painting is my go-to medium.
What inspires you?
I am heavily inspired by Vincent Van Gogh. I love how his painting express freedom, yet at the same time, they express inner emotion. I have always admired how painting, allows you to be free, and do whatever you want.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
When I was younger, I was already doodling before I could write. When I was growing up, my parents gave me tips to improve my drawings, and introduced me to painting by age 6. I don’t really remember what got me interested in art, I just know that it’s something that I’ve always done.
Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in our work that you’d be willing to reveal?
I don’t really have anything special that I do, but I would like to start incorporating one soon.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Honestly, all I have to say, is that you should go for it, and have fun. Don’t let anyone stop you. Live your dream, and be the person that you want to be, not who everyone else wants you to be.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I identify as a Bi-romantic Asexual.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
I haven’t encountered any yet, and hopefully I never will, but that is more than likely just a pipe-dream.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
The idea that we are asexual, simply because we “haven’t met the right person.”
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
Only you can know for sure what you are, and if anyone ever claims that you “are just confused.” or “haven’t met the right person.”, then they just aren’t worth your time. Don’t let anyone ever make you feel like you are broken, or unimportant, simply because of your sexuality. Just remember, there will always be someone out there who loves you for who you are.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
I don’t have an official place you can go to yet, but I do post updates on my latest paintings on my Instagram account: @katie.nerdist
Thank you, Katie, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.