Q: What does Blue Gorgon mean?
A: Blue is my favorite color as well as my name.  It's the hue of the sky, of the sea and in general  a tranquil color rich with symbolism.  Outside of those examples it's also rare in nature which made it an uncommon color in ancient art. Only with time and innovation has it slowly become more and more visible to the world. I find that both beautiful and achingly relatable. Everywhere yet only recently truly gaining visibility. 
Gorgon refers to Medusa and her sisters.
I could go on and on about the reasons I'm obsessed with Medusa. The symbolism, the beauty, the history, the implications... but I'll try to keep it short here. I've never understood how someone based off of such a beautiful animal could be 'ugly' and when you really consider her story she is a tragic figure.  She and her sisters fled to live in seclusion after being transformed then, one day, Perseus shows up and, for reasons unknown to Medusa or her sisters, he cuts off her head and takes it with him. 

I've long had a weakness for misunderstood monsters, ancient cryptids, and fabled mysteries of the ancient world that bleed into modern times... the legends, folklore, and stories that inspire us and make the world a more interesting place.  I want to share the beauty I see there just as I want to show snakes for the shy, mythic, and beneficial creatures they really are.  

""Monster" is derived from the Latin noun monstrum, “divine portent,” itself formed on the root of the verb monere, “to warn.” It came to refer to living things of anomalous shape or structure, or to fabulous creatures like the sphinx who were composed of strikingly incongruous parts, because the ancients considered the appearance of such beings to be a sign of some impending supernatural event. Monsters, like angels, functioned as messengers and heralds of the extraordinary." ~ Susan Stryker

Q: What mediums do you use?
A: I'm a bit old fashioned and tend to start every project in pencil and paper, though I'm saving up for a good tablet that mimics the feel of pencil and paper. From there, it depends on the piece. For a traditional painting I prep a canvas and use the impossible sounding water-soluble oil paints. I love these paints, they feel like the best of both oils and acrylic wrapped up in one. For everything else, I typically use the Glimpse program and a mouse.  I am REALLY looking forward to a proper tablet!  But the water-soluble oils are where my passion really lies.
Q: What formats can I get my digital commission in?
A: I default to .png but you can choose the format you want your piece in!  For a digital piece, I will happily provide you with up to three different formats such as .psd, vectors, .jpg, and of course .png.
Q: What does "non-binary" mean and what's with the They/Them pronouns?
A: I am trans-agender/non-binary.
Non-binary is the broader term for my gender identity and the go-to descriptor I use even though agender, which means without gender entirely, is more specific to my personal identity.
Essentially this means that I do not identify as male or female (aka binary).  Non-binary is a category of humanity that is increasingly visible to cisgender people (aka folks who identify as the gender they were assigned at birth) so I tend to use it more often than agender, a subcategory of non-binary. Transgender people can be binary or non-binary, in fact the white stripe in our flag represents non-binary people of all subcategories. However not all non-binary folks ID as trans like I do just as not all trans people are non-binary, nor do they all use the same pronouns I do. We're a diverse group!
Singular they is the most true, honest, and familiar for me personally so that's what I use. It feels the most accessible to gender laymen. For more on gender neutral pronouns here's a handy article from Time Magazine.  There is lots more information out there on non-binary identities on the web, google, explore, and get to know us better! 
Q: Hey! Isn't Queer a slur?
A: Is gay a slur?  Used to be but then it was reclaimed as an orientation identifier. I find queer to be a more inclusive and simpler way of saying LGBTQIA+ and it is also how I identify re: my own orientation.  Lots of LGBTQIA+ folks have different relationships with the word queer; I respect that and won't refer to someone as such who is uncomfortable with it. 
I, however, am extremely comfortable with this reclaimed "slur".  For more on this, I have a blog entry available for your perusal.
Q: Hey! I don't approve of your "lifestyle"/ "identity politics" or whatever.
A: Not a question but OK?  I dunno why people feel it necessary to tell me this. But if it helps nothing I've described above is a "lifestyle". Except maybe snake keeping. That's arguable. In any case I don't want or need the approval of bigots so you're welcome to gtfo. :)  Have a nice day!  

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