Location: South Carolina.
How long have you been interested in the pre-Raphaelites?
I believe I discovered John William Waterhouse when I was thirteen. This obsession eventually led to an obsession with other pre-Raphaelites. I have recently been much more interested in the brotherhood itself, rather than the later pre-Raphaelite artists. Currently my heart lies with Rossetti and his poetry, but my first love will always be Elizabeth Siddal. She fascinated me from the very moment I read of her and I will surely never forget her.
How did you find out about them?
I'm a tad obsessed with mermaids (I have a very obsessive personality and I love many different things...) and I believe I was searching for some posters for my bedroom. Of course, Waterhouse's Mermaid came to be in my posession. The rest is history.
How long have you been interested in Lizzie?
In the midst of my pre-Raphaelite obsession, I went through a Shakespeare phase. (What did I say about my obsessive personality?) Of course, Ophelia was a point of interest. John Everett Millais painted a lovely depiction of Ophelia and my love for Lizzie grew from that.
What is your favorite Lizzie poem?
Shepherd Turned Sailor
Favorite Line/Quote from the poem?
If he is lost then all is lost
And all is dead to me.
What made you fall in love with Lizzie?
I can honestly say that it was her dedication to art and professionalism. When she sat for Millais's Ophelia, she posed in a bath heated by oil lamps. After the candles burnt out, and Millais did not notice, Lizzie remained in position for the painting and did not speak up for fear of ruining the mood. Sources say that she suffered from a severe cold, or even pneumonia, for lying in the cold water for several hours.
Who is your favorite pre-Raphaelite artist?
It is hard to say. I love so many. I suppose Dante Gabriel Rossetti and John William Waterhouse are my favorites.
Who is your favorite of the actual "brotherhood"?
Dante Gabriel Rossetti. He is by far the most entertaining and interesting.
What is your favorite pre-Raphaelite painting (or piece of artwork)?
There are so many.
John Everett Millais' Ophelia, because of the obvious reasons.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti Lady Lilith, it's breathtaking.
John William Waterhouse's Mermaid, of course.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti's Veronica Veronese, because it's absolutely beautiful.
John Willaim Waterhouse's Tempest, because it's an old favorite.
Although, not a pre-Raphaelite, her work is heavily influenced by the movement: Evelyn De Morgan's Eos, because the original piece is featured at my local art museum.
There are so many more, but I will spare you.
What is your favorite pre-Raphaelite poem?
I sort of have a soft spot for Valentine by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Maybe because it's for Lizzie...
Anything else about you and the pre-Raphaelites/Lizzie?
Do any other styles of art interest you?
I like art nouveau and surrealism probably second and third to the pre-Raphaelites.
If you could live in any era, which would you choose?
Victorian Era has always fascinated me, but being a woman I'm not sure if I could have handled it. I suppose that will do though.
Describe your personality in FIVE WORDS OR LESS.
obsessive, sensitive, odd, thoughtful, quirky.
Are you, yourself, an artist? If so, what sort of work do you involve youself in? Style? Choice of media? Any other artistic endeavors you would like to include?
I draw and paint in my spare time. I sort of lean toward illustration with my work, with a bit of surrealist influence. I like to sketch but I also like using indian ink, watercolor and oils.
Are you in any sort of educational programs? School? College? Art classes?
I will be attending the Savannah College of Art and Design beginning in September. I plan to double major in Illustration and Sequential Art.
Do you work? If so, what is your job?
I currently just babysit, but I have worked at the public library.
Do you travel a lot? Been anywhere interesting?
I have not traveled anywhere out of the country. I would like to visit London, Italy and Ireland.
Radiohead, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Wolf Parade, Dresden Dolls, nearLY, Cat Power, Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins, Regina Spektor, Neutral Milk Hotel, Ryan Adams, Gogol Bordello, Nightwish, In Flames, Bob Dylan, The Shins, Iron and Wine, Saul Williams, Modest Mouse...I like a lot of music, actually.
Interview with the Vampire, Girl with the Pearl Earring, Night Watch, Sleepy Hollow, Evil Dead, Dead Alive, Suspiria, Ghost World, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Mulholland Drive. I'm a bit of a movie buff.
East of Eden by John Steinbeck, My Sister's Continent by Gina Frangello, The Falls by Joyce Carol Oates, The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult, The Shadow Saga by Christopher Golden, The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice, Pale as the Dead by Fiona Mountain, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, The Agony and The Ecstacy by Irving Stone, Lust for Love by Irving Stone, Laurell K. Hamilton early Anita Blake novels, Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld. Those are just some that come to mind...
Favorite TV Shows:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, The Office, Blade: the series, Six Feet Under.
Member of any other communities or fandoms?
Some Buffy sites, Anita sites, other pre-Raphaelite sites...
Do you look like a pre-Raphaelite model? (Actually, I hear this comment being made a lot.) If so, feel free to post a picture of yourself...
No one specifically, but I've been told I have the facial features of pre-Raphaelite models.
Anything else you would like to add?
I like many other artists other than pre-Raphaelites.
I really like Daniel Clowes, Karl Moline, Artemisia Gentileschi and Johannes Vermeer.