I have a question for you all. How do you define “artist”? And by “artist” I mean a person who engages in expression through any genre or medium: writer, photographer, painter, sculptor, knitter, film-maker, fry-cook, and the like. After thinking about how I create, I have formulated this definition for myself:
An artist is one who manifests universal truths through the skillful and imaginative use of tools relative to various media and genres and who draws upon the inspiration of a mysterious external source to accomplish the manifestation.
You may disagree completely with my definition. That’s okay. The terms “universal truths” and “mysterious external source” may simply not be a part of your equation. The definition should be a construct that frames and guides your work. Whatever works for you.
If you are so inclined, feel free to share your definition in the comments section below. If you are not inclined to share, that’s okay. Just think about it.
ljgloyd (c) 2013