What is Art and Who is an Artist?

My relationship with art, what defines art and who identifies as an artist has undergone a significant transformation over the past several years. That transformation is the impetus for this blog.

Consider this definition found on a random internet search:

noun: art; plural noun: arts; plural noun: the arts

  1. the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination
  2. works produced by human creative skill and imagination

This is far from the image of the eccentric hermit, squirreled away, covered in paint or clay or marble dust – busily creating works of beauty for others to behold. What I have come to understand is that art is everywhere and artists come in many shapes, sizes and temperaments and use myriad materials to express their skill and imagination.

We see art in the traditional or classical ways in paintings, drawings, sculptures and other objects; yet art exists in music, in food, in gardens and buildings, in the hearts and minds of healers and teachers and leaders, in dancers, thespians, writers and creators of all things. This blog is dedicated to exploring and sharing the experience of art – in all of its forms – and celebrating the sometimes hidden, sometimes long-forgotten artist inside each and every one of us.

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