HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR ARTISTIC STYLE?
"I would describe my artistic style as eccentric and imperfect. I'm drawn to people more than anything else, especially what makes an individual unique. My characters are also very expressive, whether they're sad, frustrated, or joyful. I lean into emotions when looking for color choices."
WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE DESIGN FOR YOUR DIY DOCS?
"As a kid, I often felt alone, so I'm drawn to 'togetherness' and 'found families.' I wanted to illustrate something with that theme. I also sprinkled in some 1950s atomic starbursts, 1970s-inspired rainbow arches, and funky 1980s patterns to represent that we (LGBTQIA+ people) have always been here."
HOW DO WE SUPPORT LGBTQIA+ MENTAL HEALTH ALL YEAR ROUND?
"Being supportive of LGBTQIA+ youth can do a lot of good to prevent potential mental health struggles later in life. Also, making sure they have access to books where they see themselves represented and are aware of the resources around them. Finding support when you’re younger is so important. I know first-hand that a simple act of kindness can make a world of difference in someone’s life."
WHERE DO YOU DRAW INSPIRATION?
"From my own life, as well as the everyday people around me. I find humans to be so interesting and am always looking to see the best in them. We’re all just trying to get by."
WHICH RESOURCES WOULD YOU RECOMMEND TO SOMEONE IN YOUR COMMUNITY REQUIRING SUPPORT?
"The Trevor Project is somewhere you can always reach out to if you need someone to listen. You can also look into LGBTQIA+ community centers and organizations in your area."