~~~ABOUT ME ~~~
We are all artists in our own ways: the art of expression through our chosen medium. I don't paint much and would rather call myself a "hobbyist". I can't call myself an artist no matter how good and creative my work gets, as it is a BIG word and I don't think it's okay for everyone to call themselves that either - it takes time, experience, and plenty of super great art pieces to be done. I see myself a someone who paints what I see before me or from memories or wishes. I like to do paintings in oils and acrylics as making art is being artistic. My past endeavors and current projects are displayed in my Works of Art links on my website:
I feel no one has the right to say anything negative....it is my creativity....I am the artist. As you know only one out of a million wannabees are actually an artist. To the majority, whatever they are doing is nice I am sure but it is only a hobby. Selling has nothing to do with whether or not you're an artist. There are countless excellent artists that do beautiful work and never sell anything. Art is creating art; not selling. A painting doesn't have to sell, to be art. An artist creates art whether he/she sells it or not.
An artist would never box themselves in by claiming to fit beneath a word and its transitional meaning. A true artist wouldn't want to be called anything except an artist because to consider yourself an artist is to say that you fit into a group with many like you and that group is called "artists". A true artist strives on individuality and through that struggle emerges many emotions and many pieces of work that have been composed. Anyone who claims or concerns themselves with whether or not to call themselves an artist is just allowing their ego to cling to an idea for the reasons of status, fame, and or fortune and should stop wasting their time making more junk for the world to weave through.
When I approach the canvas at the start of a project I never know what will happen but the artist soon takes charge and the painter follows the artist, within. I call myself an artist but admittedly am timid about it. Perhaps "artist in training"...but never intend to be completely trained and I never want to stop learning. I have had no formal training in painting or any other art form but I love to paint and derive a lot of satisfaction from ideas and guidance from the PBS channel and the various artists that show instructions such Jerry Yarnell and Bob Ross.
Just take heart, there are many out here, striving to paint a masterpiece but knowing that the journey will be so much more satisfying that the final production.