I grew up in a historic house, built in 1914. It’s an English Revival Tudor house, but when I was little I thought it sort of looked like a haunted house, although they’re usually Victorian (at least in movies and books). I think my home, which would be commonplace in another city but is unique in Phoenix, has had a lot of influence on the person I am today. It’s easy to guess from this blog that I like monsters, and you probably won’t be surprised to hear that I like everything that the idea of monsters conjures up; everything spooky, ooky, and kooky (but I have to note: I really hate zombies), which may be because of my childhood home. Also, I think my old house instilled in me a love of the historic and history in general.
My house, from an accidental angle
One of my passions is studying history, and I’m probably the only 20-year-old I know with a large personal library full of books on the subject. In fact, I’m probably one of the only people I know, my age, who has as many books as I do! Truly, I love learning about almost any subject. As this blog will demonstrate in the future, in addition to learning, I also spend a lot of time doing art!
I started taking art classes before I even started school. Of course, I continued learning throughout school, and I attended a high school that was heavily focused on the arts. Now I’m attending Arizona State University and majoring in fine art! I don’t really want my educational choices to completely define me, but I guess they do say a lot.
Honestly, I consider myself to be a delicate balance between a romantic and a realist. I feel like this is how I view everything in my life and the world in general. If I could travel the world by gypsy vardo and pirate ship, I would, but that’d be pretty dangerous, and I don’t think pirates or gypsies take kindly to strangers. One of my favorite places I’ve ever been is New Orleans, and I love the beauty of the St. Louis Cathedral as much as the raggedy pigeons in Pirate’s Ally. Maybe I’m just some sort of optimist? I don’t know. I don’t even remember what I’m trying to get at, and if I have to spend this much time explaining myself, it makes it seem like my personality won’t just show through my blog posts and portfolio. I’ll just stop for now, and we’ll see if I live up to my own descriptions.
Pigeons in Pirate's Ally in the French Quarter of New Orleans