I’ve been thinking about my love of monsters lately. When I was a kid I was actually terrified of horror movies and the monsters within them. I also suffered from horrible nightmares that simultaneously rattled my nerves and awakened my imagination. Deep down I could feel an affection for the monsters brewing, I was both repulsed and captivated by them - and my little heart was in conflict! Slowly but surely I started attempting to make the monsters of my nightmares - my friends in the daylight. A big part of this shift, was a drawing my uncle did of me and a “Monster Pal”. I loved this drawing and it inspired me to make friends with the monsters. Ever since he gifted me with this drawing that’s what I’ve done. Now I love monsters and I count them amongst my friends - all thanks to my Uncle Jess using his talents to encourage, inspire, and comfort me.