|When and how did you begin to see yourself as an artist?
I was always very reluctant to call myself an artist, although I spent much of my free time thinking about art or trying to make something or working with paints. I attribute that to the attitude about art in the area I grew up in & currently live in. Lots of folks around here make things. Few consider themselves artists although they have every right to claim that title. For that reason, I didn't consider myself an artist either. I considered myself more of a Dabbler than an Artist. When I began presenting my work to the public & got such great responses, my perception of myself began to shift. I now have no problems telling folks that I am an artist & that what I produce with my hands, in my home, is art.
I don't really see myself as an "artist" -- that sounds to trite. I think of myself as creative and passionate about my art, and I take great joy in sharing that spirit of enthusiasm with my students and my customers.
I have always seen myself as an artist. It was harder to see myself as a professional artist. That has been about 5 years.
I was born seeing and experiencing life as an artist. It has always been "my voice".
I saw myself as an artist first around the age of ten. I had an aunt who was a prolific painter. I was enthralled with her passion and the profusion of color in her work. She lived in a grand home filled with her own, and paintings of centuries old ancestral paintings and other antiquities.
I began to see myself as an artist when I realized I could not live my life without creating a visual history.
1983. By seeing that my paintings pleased people.
A friend of mine was an artist. I slowly started appreciating the creative process of different mediums. Taught myself pottery and fused glass until the idea of abstract paintings was borne.
Not sure I will ever call myself a REAL artist. I am a hands on crafter. The creative streak has always been in my family. My auntie Doris was an amazing dressmaker - she just made it all up. She could knit all the technical stitches (she taught me Aran knitting - and Fair isle - oh and Gernsey) and she knitted wedding ring shawls. I think I could sew before I could write my name.
I got into calligraphy via the big chalkboards that were all the rage in pubs 15 years ago. Always loved language and lettering, and I have been studying seriously for about 6 years now. Very much still a beginner in the calligraphy world
I always called myself an artist, but it wasnít until I decided to start my own business that I considered myself an art professional. Now Iím my own boss, which also means I take on all other duties. So Iím the boss, the employee, the salesperson, the personal assistant, and the janitor (Iím quite messy when I paintÖ) all in one.
From age five, received crayons for my birthday.
I use the term artist because it's the accepted term - in saying that - I have always been a bit reluctant to use the term. So I have been using the term ever since I left attending Art College.
I'm too old to remember ...
It was apparent as a very small child that I loved creating my own stories. I would act out my own shows for my family, draw everywhere, make comics, sculpt things, and, once I started school, I began to write poetry, fiction, and personal essays. Since elementary school, I can remember saying I have wanted to be an artist.
At nineteen check out my blog for the whole story!
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