Q: What kind of art do you do?
A: I'm most inspired by the beautiful weirdness of nature, folklore, fantasy, and 80s neon. I like to start with a black canvas for illustration and build vibrant colors on top. I'm most in my comfort zone with organic designs: animals, plants, people, monsters, and surrealism. Robots and vehicles aren't really my thing. Sorry!
The medium 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 used the Glimpse program and a mouse but just recently got a proper tablet which I adore so will be updating my digital work!
Q: Why "Blue Gorgon"?
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 always 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 grounded in the wonderful weirdness of nature that inspires us and makes 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