“My own choice of my name as a professional was to keep it gender neutral. Our world is almost pushing us to reflect on gender and see that it does impact everything. When I was at school at the Chicago Art Institute there was this male student who wanted to explore what it was to be a female artist so he painted only flowers. It was ridiculous, does it really need to be that obvious? People come up to me while I am working and ask, “Did you do that all by yourself?” I would never have to have my basic skillset questioned if I didn’t happen to be born a woman.” – AJ Kinney is a painter living in New Orleans.