a bit about me

I have 82 followers here on tumblr, and many of you are people I know in real life so I have never bothered to do much of an introduction about me, because I assume most of you already know who I am.

But for those who were kind enough to just start following me without any prior contact or interaction other than maybe liking some posts or reblogs of mine, may I offer a small intro?

My name is Christine, I often go by Steen and my art name has been Sunhawk for at least 15 years.  Despite what some might guess, I didn’t actually get it from a Mercedes Lackey book, though I have been a fan of her work since my childhood, I was shocked to read her Oathbound series and discover a group of mercenaries in it called “the Sunhawks” after I had decided that was going to be my special art name lol

I make art for a living, my day job is graphic designer/web designer and I’ve been an artist alley artist at various local cons for eight or so years, primarily AnimeNorth and FanExpo. I make jewelry and craft things, I crochet passably, can’t read a pattern to save my life but I somehow can figure out how to make complicated creatures like dragons stitch by stitch lol  Most of my art is colorful, silly, sparkly, whimsical, cute, described by one particular university prof as “twee” lol  I did go to art school: I have Combined Honours in Fine Art and Multimedia from McMaster.  A few years ago I was kinda angry about “wasting” my time getting an academic education in the face of ongoing nation-wide job-getting problems that most people my age face, but more recently I do start to see how it has given me training in less obvious ways on how to get projects done, organizing, research, and McMaster has some great equipment for sculpture and printmaking that gave me a nice solid background in the basics, heck I even got to try bronze casting once!

I’m a huge nature nerd and a bird nerd in particular, I love all the birds and I sneak them into my art as often as possible.  Especially raptors and hawks in particular.  I love gryphons most of all the animals real or imagined.  I think dragons are awesome and I usually think of a Sunhawk as a type of phoenix, which are also very cool.  I love mythical creatures and myth in general, I am a big fan of symbolism and alchemy.

I was a Star Trek fan as a kid, then I got into music fandoms just as I started participating online, my first fandom was Savage Garden and I’ve since participated in various CSI fandoms (particularly CSI Miami) and more recently Hawaii Five-Oh, the new Star Trek reboot!verse and occasionally I’ve gotten sucked into reading Stucky though I haven’t written anything for it.  Yes I am one of those scary slash-fic-writing ladies, since I was 14 ha ha ha! You can find my work on AO3 as “sunhawkflamesprite” since some jerk took “sunhawk” :P

My favourite authors are William Gibson, Charles DeLint, Mercedes Lackey, Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn author who I had the privilege to meet just this year) and I love to read anything sci-fi or fantasy :D

Oh and I’m a straight white cisgendered feminist who aims to work in solidarity with other oppressed groups for the purposes of social justice, as such I welcome any feedback regarding my privileges and when I need to check them.  I support trigger warnings and try to remember to use them in my posting, if you need me to edit any posts regarding TWs just let me know.

OK that’s probably enough for now, if anyone wants to know more just ask :)


Each fall, millions of monarch butterflies migrate to California and Mexico for winter. North American monarchs are the only butterflies that make such a massive journey (up to 4,830 kilometers/3,000 miles). They use the sun to ensure that they stay on course and on cloudy days Earth’s magnetic field as a kind of backup navigational system. (read more here)



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