Artist FAQ

Hey there! Got a question for me about me? Check out the FAQ below to see if I’ve answered it already! If you don’t see your question, please feel free to e-mail me at

How do you pronounce your last name?

It’s pronounced like “Owen.” If you’d like to hear it pronounced, you can check out Forvo.

What kind of materials do you use in your work?

I use Faber-Castell PITT pens for my inking work and Canson, Strathmore, or BLICK paper pads. I have Winsor & Newton watercolors along with paintbrushes from BLICK and Michaels for my pieces that use watercolor and the same paper pad brands as for inking but of watercolor texture and thickness. For my paintings on canvas, I use duck canvas and acrylic paints.

What camera and related equipment do you use? What editing software do you use?

I use my Canon EOS 50D DSLR camera. I have two lenses that I use: one is a 60mm macro lens, and the other is a 17-40mm lens that I use most often for things like indoor and outdoor shoots, product photos, etc. I have a flash that I very rarely use that’s a Canon Speedlite 430EX II. And finally, I use Adobe Photoshop CS6, Illustrator CS6, and Premiere Pro CS6 for editing.

Where are you from?

I live in Brooklyn, New York, USA, which is the occupied and unceded territory of the Canarsie, Lenape, Delaware, and Montauk people who have stewarded this land for generations.

I actually have a question about your shop/products/etc. Where do I find that?

Check out my Shop FAQ page for more info.

What are your pronouns?

Thanks for asking! I use they/them/theirs/themself/themselves pronouns. Here’s an example: Jessi did this artwork themself. Jessi says they really enjoyed making art with me and their friend the other day.

What gender are you?

I am agender, which is a type of nonbinary transgender identity, specifically meaning that I do not have a gender.

What’s your sexuality/romantic attraction?

Pansexual and panromantic.

Are you a Person of Color or white?

I’m white.

Why do you call yourself disabled?

Because I am disabled. Disability is normal.

Disabled as a term, for me and many others, generally means disabled by society. While there can be exceptions, this way of thinking more accurately portrays disability as a societal issue, not the fault of individual disabled people or the “failings” of our bodies. For example, unavailable wheelchair access to an event is not the fault of someone using a wheelchair– it is the fault of the people who chose not to make the location and ways to get there accessible to people who use chairs, as well as often not providing disabled people with access to proper livable income.

What disabilities do you have? What chronic illnesses do you have?

Oh man, that list can go on! I’m autistic, and I have Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, fibromyalgia, degenerative disc disease, endometriosis and adenomyosis along with chronic cervicitis (I’m now post hysterectomy– woo-hoo!), intracranial hypertension– a rare condition that also seems to have caused the herniated tissue into a cyst in my brain, prediabetes, a heart murmur,  cPTSD, ADHD combined type, Tourette syndrome, bone spurs in my heels, asthma, multiple food and medicine allergies, costochondritis, ocular migraines with aura and vision loss and stroke-like symptoms, occasional depression, anxiety, carpal tunnel, dermatillomania, TMJ disorder, vertigo, hyperacusis, Vitamin D deficiency currently managed with supplements, and a Vitamin B12 deficiency that puts up an almost admirable resistance to any and all supplements. :] [smiley] Some of these I’ve had/known about since childhood, but most have come along as I’ve aged.

Wait, I have some of those things, but I’m not “disabled.”

Hmm, it’s almost as though disability were normal and simply another way of existing as a human, huh? :] [smiley] Some people identify as disabled with a condition while others with the same condition do not. This is often heavily informed by external and internalized ableism, so I would recommend that you learn more about disability culture, politics, and life before writing off the possibility that you’re not “one of us.”

Why do you call yourself fat?

Because I am. lol Fat is merely a descriptor. I embrace my fatness like I embrace everything else about myself.

How old are you?

I was born in January of 1988. I’m 30 as of writing this in 2018. :] [smiley]

What do you look like??

lol Here’s a picture of me. :] [smiley] This was taken in May 2018.

A photo of Jessi smiling into a mirror with their hair back and holding a camera up. There are a couple of dried flowers in front of the mirror, and there is a length of what looks like a long vine hanging in the background behind Jessi on a wooden coat rack.