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Ever wonder what makes a “Professional Artist” a professional?

Ever wonder why some artists describe themselves as “Professional Artists”? Or why they seem a little frantic and constantly in motion? It’s because they are truly working their fingers to the bone. Professional Artists, such as myself are defined by working with clients on paid projects under contract. They also spend a fair amount of time developing their own art (whether visual, performing, or literary), and are continuously seeking out new techniques and inspirations.

In contrast to popular assumptions, not all Professional Artists hold degrees. There are millions of artists who are self-taught. They spend years perfecting their own style and/or techniques just like degree-holding artists. Some of these self-taught artists do apprenticeships under an other well established artist or studios in an effort to dive into the art world. And, not all degree-holding artists are Professional Artists. Some just create work for themselves or family and friends.The lines do get blurry, however one thing is clear- Professional Artists work under contract on paid projects.

There is also the distinction of Fine Artist, versus say “hobby artist.” Fine Artists are those who practice gallery-quality creation, such as sculpture, painting, photography and other visual works. Their works are intended to last the test of time, or teach/display to the audience something specific to a concept or theory. I myself am also a Fine Artist. As you’ve seen, I do a lot of studio work that grows into gallery shows and museum shows. It is because of all these practices thatI call myself a “Professional Fine Artist.”

Over the last three years, I’ve had a lot of people ask me what the difference is from a “professional” to a “fine” artist. So now the next time you hear someone say “I am a Professional Artist” or “I am a Fine Artist” you will know why!

Click here to see a list of my art accomplishments over the years.

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