Today we’re joined by Ally Mueller. Ally is a phenomenal painter who specializes in portraits. She paints humans, fairies, and occasionally animals. Her work is so beautiful, brimming with color and detail, creating exquisite images that draw the viewer in. It’s clear she’s a talented and passionate 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 watercolor and acrylic of people, fairies, and the rare animal.
What inspires you?
It’s a different thing every time I pick up a brush. Sometimes its just a need to create something with no idea what! I’ll just re-do something I’ve done already. Or I can see someone somewhere and want to paint. Or good afternoon sun. or just a great color somewhere can get me started. looking at other people’s art helps too.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I always wanted to be an artist! I drew all the time when I was little and started painting when I was 10 but got really into it when I was in middle school and had an amazing watercolor teacher.
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?
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Even if its crap, don’t stop!!! If you keep going you’ll get better at it.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
Grey-demi aegosexual (cause that’s not super confusing and weirdly specific)
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
I haven’t really told many people, the few people I have told literally already knew.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
That I/we don’t like orgasms. I’m personally not a fan of sex, but (to get really TMI) solo orgasms are fun as hell. Also, tons of aces out there like sex!!! The other big one is that I/we don’t think people are cute! I may not wanna do the do with them, but I like looking at them!!
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
I, personally, struggled with my orientation for years! I was 27 before I had any inkling of that I wasn’t straight. It’s a really weird orientation because its defined by not experiencing something I don’t really experience. So I guess I would say that’s its OK to change the words you use to define yourself, its OK if how you feel changes, there’s no “right” way to be or feel ace, its OK. The most important thing is that you are comfortable with who you are.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
I’m on Fine Arts America as Ally Mueller in Parker, CO and plan on doing some local art fairs this summer.
Thank you, Ally, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.