Becoming an Artist

When I was growing up in Pittsburgh, it never occurred to me to me that I would ever create something that would hang in the Carnegie Museum.   I understood art, I just didn't understand being an artist.  Didn't understand it at RISD.  In many ways, still don't understand it.

Today I got a note from Ellen Fleurov of the Silver Eye Gallery that the Carnegie Museum of Art has acquired a print of mine for their permanent collection.   That must mean I have become an artist.  It makes me very  happy.

I do not try to be an artist.

I try - always - to do work that is me.

Now I have to become a better artist.

or...as Bob Dylan says,

“An artist has got to be careful never really to arrive at a place where he thinks he’s at somewhere. You always have to realize that you’re constantly in a state of becoming. As long as you can stay in that realm, you’ll sort of be alright.”