Dmitry artamonov

WHY ARE YOU AN ARTIST? BECAUSE FOR NOW ART IS WHAT I CAN DO BETTER THAN ANYTHING ELSE. 

WHY is art IMPORTANT? BECAUSE ART IS THE BEST WAY TO TELL THE TRUTH.

Ginny Banks Why are you an artist? I couldn’t imagine not being an artist. As a child, I had husband and wife teachers that were special to me. We worked with clay and made oil paintings referencing National Geographic photographs. The end result was always less than important than the action of making art. Of course, I had other art classes along the way but these were formative years for me. To me, art is a necessity. It has gotten me through difficult times and is a space within myself where I can retreat from the world and create images, mostly photographic as well as collage/assemblage. Why is art important? Art is about personal expression. It is generated from and showcases an individual’s uniqueness. Without art, there would be fewer challenges, less heights to attain, less depths to fall. Art is about accessing a deep communal space that we all can draw from. I know for me when I haven’t done art in a while; my life is more bland and ordinary. Spending a day doing something artistic feeds my soul in a way that nothing else can. I know it is those days when I feel like I am a better person. 

Ginny Banks

Why are you an artist? I couldn’t imagine not being an artist. As a child, I had husband and wife teachers that were special to me. We worked with clay and made oil paintings referencing National Geographic photographs. The end result was always less than important than the action of making art. Of course, I had other art classes along the way but these were formative years for me. To me, art is a necessity. It has gotten me through difficult times and is a space within myself where I can retreat from the world and create images, mostly photographic as well as collage/assemblage.

Why is art important? Art is about personal expression. It is generated from and showcases an individual’s uniqueness. Without art, there would be fewer challenges, less heights to attain, less depths to fall. Art is about accessing a deep communal space that we all can draw from. I know for me when I haven’t done art in a while; my life is more bland and ordinary. Spending a day doing something artistic feeds my soul in a way that nothing else can. I know it is those days when I feel like I am a better person. 

Darsie Beck WHY are you AN ARTIST? I come from a very creative, artistic family. My father was a musician, my grandmother a landscape painter, my aunts were successful authors. As a child my parents and extended family nourished my creativity and reminded me what a good artist I was. In school my art teachers were equally encouraging. Art has been and continues to be a primary focus and mainstay of my health and happiness. Why is art important? The process of creating whether with pen, brush or chisel allows me to completely lose myself to the moment, to the process of creating. I lose track of time in a meditative state of being. I love to imagine something and then proceed to create it. Nothing is more rewarding. The process of creating for me is pure joy

Darsie Beck

WHY are you AN ARTIST? I come from a very creative, artistic family. My father was a musician, my grandmother a landscape painter, my aunts were successful authors. As a child my parents and extended family nourished my creativity and reminded me what a good artist I was. In school my art teachers were equally encouraging. Art has been and continues to be a primary focus and mainstay of my health and happiness.

Why is art important? The process of creating whether with pen, brush or chisel allows me to completely lose myself to the moment, to the process of creating. I lose track of time in a meditative state of being. I love to imagine something and then proceed to create it. Nothing is more rewarding. The process of creating for me is pure joy

Mike Biskup Why are you an artist? I have always loved to draw, and since I was a teenager, painting, drawing and making music have been extremely interesting pathways of creativity for me. It's always a process of discovery and surprise, and I love surprises. I paint my visions of places I'd like to experience, and I trust that my work is valuable to at least some other people on the planet. I've created a mission for my life: I create a world of unity and justice by sharing my visions of Oneness.  Why is art important? I think human made beauty is an essential element of a complete life for everyone. Art is a stepping stone for expanding consciousness. We can always use more consciousness in this world. More info at: www.mikebiskup.com

Mike Biskup

Why are you an artist? I have always loved to draw, and since I was a teenager, painting, drawing and making music have been extremely interesting pathways of creativity for me. It's always a process of discovery and surprise, and I love surprises. I paint my visions of places I'd like to experience, and I trust that my work is valuable to at least some other people on the planet. I've created a mission for my life: I create a world of unity and justice by sharing my visions of Oneness. 

Why is art important? I think human made beauty is an essential element of a complete life for everyone. Art is a stepping stone for expanding consciousness. We can always use more consciousness in this world.

More info at: www.mikebiskup.com

Lucie Duclos Why are you an artist? Because I am the happiest when I do art, any kind of art. When I lock myself in my studio and get completely entranced in creating art, I feel like I am connecting to the world on a different level, a higher level. I kind of see it as a wifi of creative energy out there and you just have to log-in to tap into it. And creating art is my password to get in! Why is art important? Everybody can create art. You don’t have to be a master. Everybody starts in life doing art and then they forget how to do it, or they just tell themselves they can’t do it. It’s really unfortunate because I think the world would be a better place if everybody spent more time doing something creative everyday. It’s a vital part of life. 

Lucie Duclos

Why are you an artist? Because I am the happiest when I do art, any kind of art. When I lock myself in my studio and get completely entranced in creating art, I feel like I am connecting to the world on a different level, a higher level. I kind of see it as a wifi of creative energy out there and you just have to log-in to tap into it. And creating art is my password to get in!

Why is art important? Everybody can create art. You don’t have to be a master. Everybody starts in life doing art and then they forget how to do it, or they just tell themselves they can’t do it. It’s really unfortunate because I think the world would be a better place if everybody spent more time doing something creative everyday. It’s a vital part of life. 

Kely drake Why are you an artist?  There’s a very easy answer to the question of why I am an artist: I can’t help it!! All my life, I have been making art of one kind or another. Everything I look at, my mind translates into color, pattern, texture, light and dark, movement. It's part of me…and it’s something that I think about all the time.  Why is art important?  Art is something that is unique to human beings (although I did once see an elephant at the zoo who could paint a pretty decent abstract piece). A work of art gives the viewer a very personal perspective into the artist’s heart and mind. And so I think of it as a form of empathy.  I also think that the act of making art is important. It gives the artist an outlet for ideas and emotions. For me, art is usually fun and relaxing. And I believe it’s good for you!

Kely drake

Why are you an artist?  There’s a very easy answer to the question of why I am an artist: I can’t help it!! All my life, I have been making art of one kind or another. Everything I look at, my mind translates into color, pattern, texture, light and dark, movement. It's part of me…and it’s something that I think about all the time. 

Why is art important?  Art is something that is unique to human beings (although I did once see an elephant at the zoo who could paint a pretty decent abstract piece). A work of art gives the viewer a very personal perspective into the artist’s heart and mind. And so I think of it as a form of empathy. 

I also think that the act of making art is important. It gives the artist an outlet for ideas and emotions. For me, art is usually fun and relaxing. And I believe it’s good for you!

Nonie Gaines Why are you an artist?  Where that inner compulsion to create comes from I cannot say, but I have followed it faithfully ever since I can remember. For me, art is more about creative problem solving than anything – how will I mix that color I need, what pose will depict the expression I want, where will the light shine on the subject, what medium would best express my idea, how do I communicate a good story to the viewer? The satisfaction I feel when I have created something that successfully solves a problem is beyond explanation. It is everything to me, an avenue of discovery about myself and life in general. Why do you think art is important?  Art can teach people things they don’t already know, about themselves, other people and the world around them. It is a universal language that speaks to the experience, past, present and future, of the human race.

Nonie Gaines

Why are you an artist?  Where that inner compulsion to create comes from I cannot say, but I have followed it faithfully ever since I can remember. For me, art is more about creative problem solving than anything – how will I mix that color I need, what pose will depict the expression I want, where will the light shine on the subject, what medium would best express my idea, how do I communicate a good story to the viewer? The satisfaction I feel when I have created something that successfully solves a problem is beyond explanation. It is everything to me, an avenue of discovery about myself and life in general.

Why do you think art is important?  Art can teach people things they don’t already know, about themselves, other people and the world around them. It is a universal language that speaks to the experience, past, present and future, of the human race.

Morrea Henderson Why are you an artist? I've always known it was important to keep my hands busy. Whether it was painting, playing with yarn or stringing beads for bracelets. I soon realized art wasn't just for having fun, it truly made me happy. For me, being an artist is about saying yes to my own imagination. It allows me the freedom to play with different materials until the art on the page reflects the magic in my heart and mind.  Why is art important? I will always promote art as the best way to get to know yourself because you soon discover your own limitations. Art is only ever limited by how far the artist is willing to go. Art belongs to everyone and anyone can do it. It can take any form and has endless interpretations. If you are brave enough to apply color and texture to your creativity or your fears, your reward is a beautiful and unique piece of art that can define that moment in your life. The arts are incredibly important to lend confidence, to inspire and to help heal.

Morrea Henderson

Why are you an artist? I've always known it was important to keep my hands busy. Whether it was painting, playing with yarn or stringing beads for bracelets. I soon realized art wasn't just for having fun, it truly made me happy. For me, being an artist is about saying yes to my own imagination. It allows me the freedom to play with different materials until the art on the page reflects the magic in my heart and mind. 

Why is art important? I will always promote art as the best way to get to know yourself because you soon discover your own limitations. Art is only ever limited by how far the artist is willing to go. Art belongs to everyone and anyone can do it. It can take any form and has endless interpretations. If you are brave enough to apply color and texture to your creativity or your fears, your reward is a beautiful and unique piece of art that can define that moment in your life. The arts are incredibly important to lend confidence, to inspire and to help heal.

Kim Kopp Why am I an Artist? I was born this way. I had no choice in the matter.  But seriously, I believe Art chooses Artists not the other way around.  Everyone is born with a creative spark yet, being chosen one also has to choose. I chose to pursue an artistic life early on and continue to choose it every day. Why is art important? I believe Art is important because it promotes balance both in the individual and in the culture. Studying The Arts, expands an individual’s thinking, perception and creativity. Nurturing creativity fulfills the individual and consequently benefits humanity as a whole. Creativity is needed in every field and needs nurturing in every human being.

Kim Kopp

Why am I an Artist? I was born this way. I had no choice in the matter.  But seriously, I believe Art chooses Artists not the other way around.  Everyone is born with a creative spark yet, being chosen one also has to choose. I chose to pursue an artistic life early on and continue to choose it every day.

Why is art important? I believe Art is important because it promotes balance both in the individual and in the culture. Studying The Arts, expands an individual’s thinking, perception and creativity. Nurturing creativity fulfills the individual and consequently benefits humanity as a whole. Creativity is needed in every field and needs nurturing in every human being.

Aliina Locklear Why are you an artist? I enjoy the creative process, especially working in three dimensional forms and with bright, bold colors. Interacting physically with different media is exciting and challenging. Letting the great unknown power work through me is inspiring and mysterious. The “unknowns” keep me flexible and patient. Even though the process starts out as an image in my head, the final product is always a surprise. And, of course, the beauty that art holds and the idea it can represent always give me great motivation to create. Why is art important? Creativity has led us to astounding, positive findings, as well as giving us art: a way to visually transport knowledge, an embodiment of beauty and invention. Visual learning is thought as one of the most powerful ways to learn.  We all know a picture is worth one thousand words and encouraging artistic creation will enable students to portray their beliefs in a personal way. Art invokes unique emotions, you can feel it, interact with it on an individual level. Because of these characteristics, I believe the act of making and interacting with art is becoming more important in our increasingly right brained society. Art will continue to help people of all ages tap into their creativity, enabling all of us to live well rounded and better equipped lives.

Aliina Locklear

Why are you an artist? I enjoy the creative process, especially working in three dimensional forms and with bright, bold colors. Interacting physically with different media is exciting and challenging. Letting the great unknown power work through me is inspiring and mysterious. The “unknowns” keep me flexible and patient. Even though the process starts out as an image in my head, the final product is always a surprise. And, of course, the beauty that art holds and the idea it can represent always give me great motivation to create.

Why is art important? Creativity has led us to astounding, positive findings, as well as giving us art: a way to visually transport knowledge, an embodiment of beauty and invention. Visual learning is thought as one of the most powerful ways to learn.  We all know a picture is worth one thousand words and encouraging artistic creation will enable students to portray their beliefs in a personal way. Art invokes unique emotions, you can feel it, interact with it on an individual level. Because of these characteristics, I believe the act of making and interacting with art is becoming more important in our increasingly right brained society. Art will continue to help people of all ages tap into their creativity, enabling all of us to live well rounded and better equipped lives.

Dell Madelyn Why are you an artist? There is a moment in the creative process that is revealing to me as an artist. That moment is the one in which I have successfully removed myself from the process — a moment when the art flows through me and after I wonder how the art happened, as it seems I was not fully conscious. A very delicious moment and what I seek as an artist. For me it is the process, not the outcome. If the outcome is pleasing, all the better. Why is art important? Creativity is essential to us as humans, intrinsic to us all, hardwired as part of our curious brains. Each one of us uses our creativity every day to solve problems and make decisions, to beautify our surroundings or give pleasure to ourselves and others. Art is the heart of creativity, its purest form. We seek to create for no other reason than to express our inner vision, to create something of emotion. In that moment of honest creation, facing a blank screen on which to project her inner vision, the artist comes closest to her inner truth. That truth can be shared, but for each person the interpretation of that vision becomes their own. Without this unique human trait, we would not have accomplished those things that make us different, that makes us human.

Dell Madelyn

Why are you an artist? There is a moment in the creative process that is revealing to me as an artist. That moment is the one in which I have successfully removed myself from the process — a moment when the art flows through me and after I wonder how the art happened, as it seems I was not fully conscious. A very delicious moment and what I seek as an artist. For me it is the process, not the outcome. If the outcome is pleasing, all the better.

Why is art important? Creativity is essential to us as humans, intrinsic to us all, hardwired as part of our curious brains. Each one of us uses our creativity every day to solve problems and make decisions, to beautify our surroundings or give pleasure to ourselves and others. Art is the heart of creativity, its purest form. We seek to create for no other reason than to express our inner vision, to create something of emotion. In that moment of honest creation, facing a blank screen on which to project her inner vision, the artist comes closest to her inner truth. That truth can be shared, but for each person the interpretation of that vision becomes their own. Without this unique human trait, we would not have accomplished those things that make us different, that makes us human.

Margie McDonald Why are you an artist? I am an artist because I was introduced to wire as a fiber! Why is art important? I think art is important because it brings joy and makes us think!

Margie McDonald

Why are you an artist? I am an artist because I was introduced to wire as a fiber!

Why is art important? I think art is important because it brings joy and makes us think!

Nhattaleah Nichols Why are you an artist? I'm an artist because I was born to tell stories. It was through repeated trying and failing that I found my voice as a visual artist, understanding that the best way to tell the stories that are important to me is by creating a series of images that are relatable without being too literal. Why is art important? Art is important as way to learn who you are. This works as both an artist, where you are explaining your relationship to the world around you by creating, and as a consumer of art by questioning how you relate to a creator's world.

Nhattaleah Nichols

Why are you an artist? I'm an artist because I was born to tell stories. It was through repeated trying and failing that I found my voice as a visual artist, understanding that the best way to tell the stories that are important to me is by creating a series of images that are relatable without being too literal.

Why is art important? Art is important as way to learn who you are. This works as both an artist, where you are explaining your relationship to the world around you by creating, and as a consumer of art by questioning how you relate to a creator's world.

Why are you an artist? On both sides of my family, parents, grandparents and great grandparents continually made lovely things with their skilled hands. Painted porcelain, handmade musical instruments, sign painting, quilts in the old-time tradition of women sitting around the quilting frames while reciting poetry, and fine hand work with knitting, crochet and dressmaking I witnessed first hand.  I was encouraged to do the same as a youngster and had talents that demonstrated an early understanding of painting, drawing and inventing things for play.  These formative experiences contributed to my earning a Masters of Fine Arts degree at Washington State University, which launched my professional career as a painter and as an educator. I continue to explore contemporary ideas, exhibit new work, maintain a strong studio practice, and enthusiastically share my understanding of art with both beginning and advanced students at Port Townsend School of the Arts.  Why do you think art is important? The creative imagination is probably what separates us most easily from the machine or artificial intelligence. Art is easily as complicated as any science even though it appears that hardly any of the rules of fine art are left standing in the 21st century. We can still reflect upon the rich and complex history, which reaches from our earliest beginnings of civilization to consider the potential importance of art today. Humans have a compelling urge to make marks that speak to their artistic soul. Art making places us directly in our own time with a unique experience of using mind and imagination to reveal illusive parts of oneself or even to illuminate contemporary culture. 

Why are you an artist? On both sides of my family, parents, grandparents and great grandparents continually made lovely things with their skilled hands. Painted porcelain, handmade musical instruments, sign painting, quilts in the old-time tradition of women sitting around the quilting frames while reciting poetry, and fine hand work with knitting, crochet and dressmaking I witnessed first hand.  I was encouraged to do the same as a youngster and had talents that demonstrated an early understanding of painting, drawing and inventing things for play. 

These formative experiences contributed to my earning a Masters of Fine Arts degree at Washington State University, which launched my professional career as a painter and as an educator. I continue to explore contemporary ideas, exhibit new work, maintain a strong studio practice, and enthusiastically share my understanding of art with both beginning and advanced students at Port Townsend School of the Arts. 

Why do you think art is important? The creative imagination is probably what separates us most easily from the machine or artificial intelligence. Art is easily as complicated as any science even though it appears that hardly any of the rules of fine art are left standing in the 21st century. We can still reflect upon the rich and complex history, which reaches from our earliest beginnings of civilization to consider the potential importance of art today. Humans have a compelling urge to make marks that speak to their artistic soul. Art making places us directly in our own time with a unique experience of using mind and imagination to reveal illusive parts of oneself or even to illuminate contemporary culture. 

Barbara Ramsey Why are you an artist? I'm an artist because I can't stop myself from making art. Why is art important? I can't explain the importance of art, but I suspect it comes from comes from its ability to make our heads vibrate in interesting ways.

Barbara Ramsey

Why are you an artist? I'm an artist because I can't stop myself from making art.

Why is art important? I can't explain the importance of art, but I suspect it comes from comes from its ability to make our heads vibrate in interesting ways.

Julie Read Why are you an artist? Honestly I feel I was born with a compulsion to make things, and an endless stream of ideas.  It is easy and natural for me to make art, and I can't turn it off.  Why is art important? Stories are told through art, in a way that words can not.  Humans like to tell stories! 

Julie Read

Why are you an artist? Honestly I feel I was born with a compulsion to make things, and an endless stream of ideas.  It is easy and natural for me to make art, and I can't turn it off. 

Why is art important? Stories are told through art, in a way that words can not.  Humans like to tell stories! 

Loran Scruggs Why are you an Artist? I am an artist because it makes me happy. I can not imagine myself not making things…well when I do imagine myself not creating, I am not happy. I am an artist because creating fills me with joy and elation. Why is art important? Art stimulates my mind. It gives alternate meaning to things I see and interact with. Art is an expression of an individual, of the self. Art allows for a tangible express our emotions, such as happiness, love, sadness or grief. Photo: Gale Zucker.

Loran Scruggs

Why are you an Artist? I am an artist because it makes me happy. I can not imagine myself not making things…well when I do imagine myself not creating, I am not happy. I am an artist because creating fills me with joy and elation.

Why is art important? Art stimulates my mind. It gives alternate meaning to things I see and interact with. Art is an expression of an individual, of the self. Art allows for a tangible express our emotions, such as happiness, love, sadness or grief.

Photo: Gale Zucker.

Jesse Watson Why are you an artist? I believe that identifying as an artist simply means you like to make art and I like to make art. Everything else is secondary. You will always have further to go so this is one field where there is no end to our search for growth. Think of Matisse bedridden with a long stick to help him continue his large scale drawings.  Why is art important? Art is important in many ways but developmentally, time spent learning visual problem solving has been shown to increase the capacity in the other more cognitive arenas. Kids who spend time making art are more likely to pursue goals, to finish school, to engage with challenges and to find outlets that help them through the rough transitional years. I an one of those kids who was not only helped but saved by art. I love to pass it on to others, this love of creation and exploration.

Jesse Watson

Why are you an artist? I believe that identifying as an artist simply means you like to make art and I like to make art. Everything else is secondary. You will always have further to go so this is one field where there is no end to our search for growth. Think of Matisse bedridden with a long stick to help him continue his large scale drawings. 

Why is art importantArt is important in many ways but developmentally, time spent learning visual problem solving has been shown to increase the capacity in the other more cognitive arenas. Kids who spend time making art are more likely to pursue goals, to finish school, to engage with challenges and to find outlets that help them through the rough transitional years. I an one of those kids who was not only helped but saved by art. I love to pass it on to others, this love of creation and exploration.

Richard Jesse Watson Why are you an artist? Art is the way I see the world. And art is a fountain for the deep wellspring of my soul. why is art important? Art is love talking. Joy singing. Pain sighing. Hope reaching out. 

Richard Jesse Watson

Why are you an artist? Art is the way I see the world. And art is a fountain for the deep wellspring of my soul.

why is art important? Art is love talking. Joy singing. Pain sighing. Hope reaching out. 

Diane Wheatley We are all artists creating on a daily basis. My chosen platform is to play with paint and color on silk, canvas or paper.  It’s important for everyone to be creative in whatever form they choose - it might be a painting, a meal, the way the house is decorated, the clothes you wear or the articles you write. Being creative builds confidence and offers freedom and individuality.  The beauty of art is that it brings endless opportunities.

Diane Wheatley

We are all artists creating on a daily basis. My chosen platform is to play with paint and color on silk, canvas or paper.  It’s important for everyone to be creative in whatever form they choose - it might be a painting, a meal, the way the house is decorated, the clothes you wear or the articles you write. Being creative builds confidence and offers freedom and individuality.  The beauty of art is that it brings endless opportunities.