I've been called as artist time to time, and it feels always good. Somehow it's something, that is hard to say for me about myself. So, what or who is a artist? The Oxford dictionary tells that a artist is, "a person who practises or performs any of the creative art, such as sculpting, film-maker, or dance. A person skilled with at a particular task or occupation. A person who habitually practises a specified reprehensible activity."
Does that fit with me? I do creative art. Even with more styles, then I might should do, to be amazing with one style, but I just love to test new things and styles. "Skilled with at a particular task or occupation." For me this is for sure, my miniature dresses. I don't know anyone else, who is able to do same, then I do. I know there is skilled people, who could be doing the same, but this is really specific style and needs more time and patience, then many people has. So, for that is my the strongest skill. I fit in the definition.
Am I professional or is this a hobby for me? This is even bigger question for myself, then am I a artist. So back to the Oxford dictionary. What is professional? "Relating to or belonging to a profession. (‘their music is both memorable and professional’) Engaged in a secifield activity as one's main paid occupation rather than as an amateur. Habitually making a feature of a particular activity or attribute. A person competent or skilled in a particular activity." With this is so much harder to make conclusion. 'Profession' and 'professional' are most often used, about someone who has went to schools for some specific occupation, like to be a lawyer or doctor. Or from person who get monthly income from his or her work. But in that case, would person who hasn't found a job to be not professional. No, it's not working like that. Or what about a person, who gets monthly payment from doing something that they weren't studying? They can be as good the someone who went all right schools! This is complicated. I'm starting to think, that being a professional is half about how you feel yourself and half about your reputation and credits, plus the feedback you are getting from others. I still don't know, what to say about myself. Last time I said I'm half-professional.
I work dayly with arts. I've done this couple decades. I've studied arts. I've sold my works. I think it makes me to be a artist. But the true is that with arts you aren't ever ready. There is always something new to learn. More in Twitter @FromMadeByMeri