Today we’re joined by Aria Gale. Aria is an incredibly talented and versatile visual artist who does a bit of everything. She sent along some truly beautiful examples of her work to go with her interview. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for her. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I mainly work with digital art but I’m a bit of a jack-of-all-trades. I of course draw and paint, I knit and crochet, make jewelry and armor and have dabbled in cross stitching, sewing, sculpting and 3D modeling.
My art used to be an outlet for me, I’ve loved art ever since I could hold a pencil. In the last couple of years I’ve learned how passionate I truly am about it. I could draw all day and never be bored of it, and I’m constantly working to improve my art and learn new ways to go about it. My art shows another side of me, and I’m hoping I can inspire at least one person to do the same.
What inspires you?
That’s a tough question, a little of everything I suppose. Beauty is definitely a main source, and there’s beauty in everything.
Another big inspiration for me would have to be stories, whether it’s fan written for something, original or from a book. I don’t just read the words, I see it play out in my mind and I’d like to be able to share them visually because I know not everyone can see it in their mind.
Fantasy would have to complete my trifecta of inspiration. It’s easy to lose yourself in it, and your problems. Running away from problems is never good but to lose yourself and forget your worries, even if for a little while is nice.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I can’t really say anything in particular got my interested. I have always wanted to be an artist.
It was the first real dream I had as a kid, I later abandoned it thinking it was stupid, but I just can’t seem to truly let it go. So instead of trying to go about life “normally” I’m going headstrong after my dreams. I’m not normal by any standard of our society so I’m done trying to be.
I’m determined to make my passions and dreams a reality and I’m helping as many other struggling artists as I can on my way.
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 always add a signature or symbol. Sometimes I’ll put a watermark of a musical note wrapped in a gust of wind, or I’ll put the date I finished the piece in the bottom left corner, with the letters JG above it in cursive.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Artists are always doubting themselves, so don’t let your doubts hold you back. If you doubt it, work more on it. You’ll get it!
Don’t be afraid to pursue your passion. I backed away from it for fear of failure, and thanks to that I lost so much time I could have spent improving what I love.
Believe in yourself and work hard to learn and improve, if you keep at it you just might go beyond what you thought you ever would.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I am a Demiromantic Asexual. I’m also borderline sex repulsed.
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 prejudice personally, but that’s mostly because I’ve not told those who I know would be prejudicial.
I have encountered ignorance, I simply sit down with them and explain to them what asexuality is. I try to be as informative as I can and patient with them because it’s not easy for some people to understand.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
That it’s not a sexuality but how some plants reproduce.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
Don’t worry too much about it. You are the same person today that you were yesterday. The only thing that has changed is that you can better describe yourself to others.
Read up on it, about other sexualities too, that way you know what’s out there and you can find what you feel is the best fit for you. It helps to be able to properly answer any questions someone else might have, and to answer your own.
You aren’t broken, you are you, and you aren’t alone. You cannot be fixed or cured because there is nothing wrong with you. Wherever you may land on any spectrum, you have a friend in me, and others.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
My art commission blog. I also take requests from time to time. I hope to see some of you on there at some point.
Thank you so much, Aria, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.