Rembrandt Tulips in Glass Vase, Oil on Linen Panel 5"x7"
So, when can an artist call themselves an artist? Is when they draw the first picture and someone else recognizes what it is? Is it when they are called "artist" by their peers? Is it when they’ve developed “their own” style? Or maybe when they have a “real” studio? How about when they sell their first artwork; or better yet, when they have their first sold out solo exhibit, in New York, Venice, Florence, or Paris? I don’t think it’s the art degree that gives someone the right to call themselves an artist, but then what do I know?
I have never really called myself an artist out loud. I’ve called myself a decorative painter, a muralist, a ceramicist, a jewelry maker, and even an art teacher. So, lately I was wondering, "How old will I be when I can call myself an artist?" After days of asking my soul a million questions, I came to a conclusion: I’ve been an artist since the day I was born.
This is not because I am a great potter, or a detailed jeweler, or even a good painter. It is because the act of creating something with my hands makes me absolutely happy. It is because all the tools, rituals and processes of making something beautiful get me so excited that some nights I have to get up to do it, because the excitement won’t let me sleep. It is because just the word “art” all by itself makes my heart skip a beat and my mind hungers to learn of others who are or have been affected by the word in the same way as I have been. It is for these reasons that I can say out loud…
I AM AN ARTIST!
When did you first call yourself an artist?