I grew up just outside of Dallas, Texas in a family whose Texas culture goes back to the 1830s, so conservatism, very strict conservatism, was what I knew of "normal." Eventually, I grew up and realized I wasn't made for conservatism in ideology or lifestyle. My motto is Celebrate Weird. Embrace Imperfection. See the Beauty in What's Thrown Away.
That's who I am and that's what comes out in my work.