Today we’re joined by Sara. Sara is a phenomenal visual artist who specializes in acrylic painting and digital photography. She enjoys experimenting with different mediums and styles. Her work shows an incredibly creative mind with beautiful colors and amazing detail, as you’ll soon see. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I’m a contemporary minded fine artist whose training was in traditional representational art. I have a history of bouncing between mediums but for the time I’ve settled on acrylic painting and digital photography. Although I alternate between styles and mediums, in my work I consistently use bold compositions and colors as a means of expressing my innermost thoughts and emotions.
What inspires you?
I’ve always found sources of inspiration to be a tricky thing to nail down. I think there’s probably a lot of things in my life that inspire me in ways I’m not even aware of. A big thing for me is that fact that I’m a workaholic and very passionate about art. The drive to create new works is always there and working on projects usually helps me generate more ideas so I never really run out.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I’ve been a creative person my whole life. As a little girl, I wanted to be an artist but at some point that shifted to wanting a career as a chef. Midway through high school, I did a lot of soul searching and realized I was spending significantly more time on photography than cooking. I began to more consciously dedicate time to art and decided to study art in college.
Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?
Most of my work is very bold in nature especially in terms of the colors I choose to work with. This is super reflective of my personality. I’m not a very subtle person.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Work like you’re running out of time and use the work of others as inspiration, not fuel to tear yourself down. If you don’t want a career in the arts, it doesn’t matter how good you are as long as you get joy out of your work. If you do want a career in the arts, don’t sweat it because it takes work to get where you want to be. Look at your work with a critical eye so you can improve, but never tear yourself down.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I’m an aromantic demisexual
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
I’m not out to most people so I haven’t particularly encountered prejudice personally but that being said, the assumption that everyone is allosexual is always alive and well. There’s a lot in both fine art and marketing that is very sexualized either intentionally or unintentionally. As an art student, I was always super confused by the awkwardness most people have around doing figurative work especially for the first time. I was always just like, “Well they’re naked and this is a part of my training and also bodies are really fascinating to study this isn’t a sexual thing.”
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
That it’s just another type of being straight. I’ve had friends be like “oh I’m glad you found a word that describes you!” while also downplaying the fact that it’s an orientation just like being bisexual or gay and I’m like wait no you don’t understand I thought I was broken.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
Follow positivity blogs. Being demi immediately made sense to me once I found out it was a thing but figuring out, and accepting, my aromanticism was much more of a journey. Seeing aro positivity and posts about how there’s many different ways to be aro did a lot for me.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
Thank you, Sara, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.