Interview: Nambroth

asexualartists:

Today we’re joined by Nambroth. Nambroth is a phenomenal visual artist who specializes in painting fantasy and wildlife, with the occasional overlap between the two. While she worked a lot with digital painting, Nambroth recently moved back into traditional mediums. She currently favors oil painting and creates the most extraordinary visuals. Her work shows both a vivid imagination and incredible eye, as you’ll soon see. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

I am a fantasy and wildlife visual artist, with some
crossover between the two genres. I started out with traditional materials when
I was a kid/teen, and when Wacom tablets and painting programs became available
to the public, I became primarily a digital painter. Recently, in the last ten
years, I’ve started working more in traditional mediums again, and in 2017 I
started oil painting in earnest for the first time and I’m really in love with
that medium right now.

What inspires you?

The list of what inspires me has blossomed over the years; I
think oil painting has re-wired me a bit and I find myself getting excited to
paint over nearly anything. That said, I am especially fond of nature (which is
pretty general, I know) and birds in particular. I am often inspired by music
and other’s art, and love seeing other artist’s paintings in person.

What got you
interested in your field?  Have you
always wanted to be an artist?

I have wanted to be an artist from the age when I realized
that such things were possible. I used to sit for hours with “Wildlife Artist”
magazines in the 80s and early 90s, daydreaming about the career. Dragonheart
came out when I was a young teen and starting to decide what I might want to do
with my life; I was very inspired by the thought of making dragons (etc). When
I neared graduation from high school, I was advised art wasn’t a good career
choice, and did consider my other passions (ornithology / avian medicine) very
seriously, but in the end I was stubborn and chased art as a career. I worked
several minimum wage jobs for years after graduating high school before I could
take the scary plunge and go full time with my art.

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?

I’ve had a few friends tell me that my paintings of
clouds/skies stand out to them, but beyond that I don’t think I have anything
specific! I tend to be drawn to warm, and sometimes dramatic light, so I do
often paint that sort of look.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

I am nervous about offering advice, because it makes it seem
as if I am a purveyor of wisdom; in truth, I have been doing this for about 15
years now and I still have next to no idea what I’m doing. Many people really
don’t know exactly what they’re doing, especially in this field. We’re all
experimenting and making it up as we go, to some extent. I suppose that can be advice
in of itself; don’t be afraid if you don’t know what you’re doing or how to get
there, because we’re all sort of in the same boat, even if we have a few miles
behind us! There is often no destination, even after a lifetime of art, I’m
told.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I identify strongly as asexual, and possibly panromantic.

Have you encountered
any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

I have not been very open about being ace, especially
professionally. I am married, and so carry a lot of privilege that way, as I’m
seen as “typical” I think. To this end I have not faced much prejudice in
regards to my asexuality, specifically.

What’s the most
common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

Mostly that it’s not real, or that it’s a “cop-out” or
avoidance tactic.

What advice would you
give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their
orientation?

I think it can be useful to see the labels for sexuality as
something to help empower yourself, and not to try to force yourself into it,
especially if you are still questioning. It was a relief to find a term for how
I felt for so long when I discovered the term “asexual” as an orientation in
the early 2000s. That said, it’s okay if you don’t feel that way; a perfect
description doesn’t exist for every person out there and I think that’s just
fine! We are living creatures and one term might feel right for now, and can
change over time, or it might remain static. It’s all good. Be excellent to
each other, and party on, dudes.

Finally, where can
people find out more about your work?


Personal website
Twitter
Tumblr
Deviantart
Patreon
Instagram
Ko-Fi.

Thank you, Nambroth, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

About C.A. Jacobs

Just another crazy person, masquerading as a writer.
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