Are You an Artist? / by Larry Saavedra

An artist at work. Image by LarrySaavedra.com.

Occasionally I hear the question…are you an artist? I mean, it’s been said to me, do you consider yourself an artist? Embarassing kind of. I was simply taking a photograph.  I was metering the light falling on the subject. Then I heard the comment. 

Do you consider yourself an artist? How does one answer that? Why would someone ask? Art…the noun. According to Merriam-Webster, the simple definition of the word “is something that is created with imagination and skill and that is beautiful or that expresses important ideas or feelings.”  Well then. I have never considered what I create as art. It’s not. It is and always has been…commercial work. It doesn’t hang in a museum, or get voted on by a jury of my peers. It doesn’t mean that I don’t put my soul and being into my projects as any artist would. 

It simply means that no matter how insightful the work may be…the true definition between art and work… is in the intent.