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.”