recently i read an article musing over the question, when does one officially become an "artist"? i laughed to myself and thought... i was just born this way. :)
do you earn the title when you sell something? yes. that would do it, but i believe my children are artists and they have never sold a thing. i have sold many pieces and yet still question if i deserve the title... yes, it's what i do for a living and yes, i do believe i make art, but am i an "artist"?
that's why when people ask me what i do for a living i say, "i paint."
the few times i have said, "i am an artist" the next question is "where can i see your work?" or "what gallery are you in?" or my personal favorite... "where do you hang?"
does one have to hang in a gallery to be an artist?!?
one simply has to create art.
if you have ever written a poem, played the drums, decorated a room, had a child... you are an artist.
we are all artists. what we do with that title is up to us.