Last year, one of the essays I wrote for Hello Humans was about accepting myself and declaring myself an artist. I had been many things: an accountant, a teacher, a restaurant owner to name a few - and I always made things. But, I was slow to recognize the soul-wrenching desire I had to make art. I'd like to hear from other artists about their experiences - my thinking is broad - I'm interested in process, idea, design creation, execution style (slow & methodical, compulsive, and the dozens more I can't even think of). This is a subject that truly fascinates me as I am from a family of all kinds of artists and musicians. I would truly LOVE to hear your story. And I would love it if you include the "How I Became an Artist" part.

Here's a small part of mine:

Hindsight

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Please feel free to message me if you prefer. I have no agenda here... I'm not writing about it or collecting data or anything like that. I think I'm going through some sort of metamorphosis and want to see and feel those connections and common ground as well as learn more about artists in general. I was sort of "late to the game" and am educating myself I guess.

I should also note that I've read many, many of the introductions that have been posted and have enjoyed learning so much about so many artists.

I relate deeply to your sentiments about accepting and declaring myself an artist... and to much of your hello humans article... thanks... 

Kat Bailey said:

Please feel free to message me if you prefer. I have no agenda here... I'm not writing about it or collecting data or anything like that. I think I'm going through some sort of metamorphosis and want to see and feel those connections and common ground as well as learn more about artists in general. I was sort of "late to the game" and am educating myself I guess.

Thank you, Stanton, for reading. I apologize for taking so long to get back to you. I started using Instagram in anticipation of an upcoming show and I can only adequately keep up with a couple of social media platforms simultaneously. I won't give up Facebook anytime soon because it's how I stay connected with my family. 

What the essay doesn't say is that for years and years I said, "I make shit" (not "stuff") because that's what I would say to people. I have a sister-in-law who is on the snooty side I guess and she asked me once a few years ago, "when did you learn how to do all this" and I said, "I've always known" ... she had a hard time accepting that answer. I wonder if my life would have been different if I'd spent thirty years saying, "I'm an artist and I teach school, which I love, to pay the bills"

Stanton M Frey said:

I relate deeply to your sentiments about accepting and declaring myself an artist... and to much of your hello humans article... thanks... 

Kat Bailey said:

Please feel free to message me if you prefer. I have no agenda here... I'm not writing about it or collecting data or anything like that. I think I'm going through some sort of metamorphosis and want to see and feel those connections and common ground as well as learn more about artists in general. I was sort of "late to the game" and am educating myself I guess.

Perhaps this is a common theme among people who feel a pull toward some sort of artistic/creative expresion... but generally don't pursue it, until at some point they submit a little to the pull and start exploring this artistic side with various expressions... yet still not feeling theirs is valid enough to be called real art, and to call themselves artists.  I'm in my 40's, used to draw a ton as a child, once in a while would attempt some sketches in adulthood, but then, in the last year, as if I had to release the gate... purchased a stack of posterboard, sealed them with oil based primer, bought a gazillion old house paint partials from a 'recycled' art supply store for cheap, and started slapping paint around.  It felt amazing! It feels amazing still! I don't know what I'm doing really but the whole process is so much fun to me... I think "What an idiot for not doing this sooner!" :)

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