Today we’re joined by Julia Hernach. Julia is a wonderful visual artist who also dabbles in writing. She mostly does drawing and painting, but also enjoys photography. Aside from visual art, Julia also writes short stories. She’s an incredibly dedicated artist 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 do drawings and paintings, most of the time I doodle a whole page. I always try out different kinds of techniques and styles. I do photography and write short stories, too.
What inspires you?
My environment (nature and people) and Bob Ross.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I always wanted to do something creative, even if it were something as simple as designing invitation cards for a small private birthday party. Hey, it’s creative! When I was in kindergarten I already preferred drawing to climbing trees and in school I had the chance to draw/paint and get the opinion of someone who has been working in the field and could actually give me feedback other than “Ooooh, that’s pretty”.
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?
Not really, no.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Follow your dreams. A lot of people will tell you that any form of art is “a waste of time” or “not a secure source of income. You can’t pay your bills with your drawings.” and it might get difficult at some point. If sometimes you’re not in an artsy or creative mood for a month, then that’s fine. But please don’t let others stop you from doing what you love.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I’m asexual and panromantic, although I am not 100% sure about my exact romantic orientation. I could also be demi-panromantic.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
I haven’t experienced bullying or anything, but hardly anyone knows that I identify as asexual.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
“Asexuals can’t be in healthy relationships because sex is essential.”
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
Don’t think you’re weird or that something is wrong with you. There are thousands, if not millions of people all over the world who are on the ace spectrum. Your orientation is valid. Other (sexual) people might want to talk you out of this or say that asexuality is a lie, but again: Asexuality does exist and you are never alone.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
I’m currently setting up a blog (juliahernach.blogspot.com).
Thank you, Julia, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.