Saturday, February 26, 2011

Accidental Artist

Are artists born? Or are they made? I have been dwelling on this question, on and off for a long time......Was Leonardo born an artist? Cezanne left his job to become an artist.......Did these artists (and many many others) knew what they wanted from the very beginning or art somehow sneaked into their lives? I can assure you, I am no closer to the answer than I was 5 years ago..... But I have come to the realization that art making is the result of an unique temperament. A temperament that seeks something out of ordinary! Whose daily existence is infused with excitement for creating something new..... I have always felt an unfulfillment in whatever I was doing. There was always an yearning for something "more". My parents always told me that, this was because I had ADD!! It never occurred to them or myself that maybe my imaginations needed an outlet and without  the outlet it festered and made me feel disconnected from  the world around me!

Candies, 18"x18", Oil on Canvas
When at last I stumbled into art, I found a a measure of peace. I could leave home without leaving at all! I could lose myself in daydreams without seeming dimwitted. And being paid for my dreams, is an added bonus!!  I wonder how other artists feel... Did all of them know, they wanted to be an artist from the time they could hold a pencil? Or was it a slow realization? Or was it something like what happened to me? Like suddenly colliding with art and losing oneself? I know this post is sort of a  rambling one and I might not be making much sense...... But I really want to know how you feel about it....... How did you become an artist?


  1. I think you've answered your own question. Artists are born. And, you've discovered that you need nurturing. I've known that I'm an artist since I was about 12. I, too, sometimes feel disconnected from the world. But, I never feel disconnected from other artists!

  2. I definitely knew when I was very young that painting was all I ever wanted to do. I can't imagine doing anything other than creating... and when I can't be in the studio, I create through baking, card making, or letter writing... and daydreaming?? well that's just 'the norm' for me... glad I'm not the only one :)

  3. I have been drawing since I was in elementary school. I always enjoyed it. I had a lot of people tell me I couldn't be an artist so I spent time as a teacher and graphic designer before embracing art fully. I wish more people could experiment with art. It is so therapeutic!

  4. I am so glad that you guys commented!! I really want to know! I am now sure that artists are born!! Some of us just take a little longer than others to figure that out:) It took me till was in my middle twenties to figure out that this is all I wanted to do......I wish I found myself sooner! Or like Erika said, found someone who believed in me and my dreams!