Frequently Asked Questions
Why “Blood Drifter?”
It represents an idea that I aspire to live by. A blood drifter is someone who lives peacefully and openly within a chaotic world. It is someone who uses the pain from life’s struggles to sharpen his or her capacity for empathy and fellowship with all other human beings.
We put so much effort into building up our identities and walling in our egos—as individuals and as groups—that I think we often can’t see beyond ourselves, let alone behind the walls of others. It makes true connection difficult, if not impossible, in many interactions. And it prevents us from cooperating to solve the biggest problems we all face. But I think we can change that.
Blood is at the core of our existence. It flows in all of us. It reminds us of our fragility and shared mortality. But it can also remind us of our capacity for blind generosity. We will give away our blood in order to give life to others—people we will never meet. People we might otherwise consider our enemies.
So I think we do ourselves a disservice by labeling only a few people in our lives as blood relatives. That makes for such a narrow and confining paradigm. And it encourages nothing but an “Us versus Them” mentality. Then we build that guarded mindset into our religious, political, and cultural affiliations. Is it any wonder we experience so much gridlock and violence?
We need to learn how to drift. Our protective walls only serve to make our best qualities stagnate and decay. By getting rid of them, we give life to our true potential and allow it to flow more freely—unconcerned with who it might run into. Because we are all blood relatives. And our stories are all remarkably similar once you strip away the superficial window dressing.
So I strive to be a blood drifter. I want to be able to stray out of my comfort zone with the knowledge that I’m among family—no matter how scary or different things may appear. Then I want to connect and delight and surprise and collaborate while staying open to new lessons and ideas and possibilities.
It’s an ideal worth pursuing with the knowledge that I’ll never be perfect at it. But perfection isn’t my goal. Connection is.
What Does Your Logo Represent?
It symbolizes the understanding that no matter which direction we come from, we each share the same capacity for violence or generosity. We can walk a gentle path or a more aggressive one. But, in the end, we all end up in the same place. And life is circular. If I hurt you, I am also hurting myself. If I am kind to you, I am also being kind to myself.
Why Don’t You Focus on Mastering Just One Form of Art?
Because I believe that specialization can breed aggression. Specialization often creates more walls and fortresses in a world that needs fewer of them. Nobody is just one thing. We all have multiple selves. Our “souls” want to explore. So why not let them?
I’m just not down with this whole industrial idea that each person must be ground into a specialized widget. That’s what makes us feel isolated and separate from others. When you’re a widget, you don’t feel much responsibility for other widgets. You just do your thing and leave the bigger picture to the psychopaths.
Except that you know something isn’t right. So you go placing blame in all the wrong places. But nothing changes. And you have no idea how to get rid of that nagging hollow feeling. So you lash out.
That is obviously over-simplified. Because life is about the nuances. If we don’t allow ourselves to explore the different shades of our own talents and curiosities, then how can we ever hope to understand the needs or motivations of anybody else?
Plus, mastery in the arts is subjective. It’s too ambiguous a target. So it seems silly to aim for it. Better to aim for truth, authenticity, and a clear expression of what's in your heart, regardless of the medium.
Where Do Your Ideas Come From?
I listen to the whispers of different characters in my imagination. I honor them as my muses. They bubble up from the topsy-turvy core of my being.
I let ideas grow organically. I flow with them until they demand expression. Then I do my best to give them life in a medium that captures their essence and that I have fun working in. Sometimes, that leads to the overlapping of concepts and characters across different mediums.
For example, some of my most active muses include:
- The Fawn—currently used in my Spots series of paintings
- Lucy—a mysterious character from Secrets from a Church Basement as well as the driver of the Gifts from Lucy series of paintings
- Fresco Ayers—the main character of Secrets
- Cackletoads—soul-sucking mutant parasites—always begging to be adored—that fuel my digital art as well as some of the concepts in my fiction
- Blood Drifters—scary and misunderstood beings from Secrets who draw strength from the shadows and are alive with curiosity, playfulness, musicality, and compassion
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