Would you like to be an artist? Becoming an artist—hmm, how would that go over? That’s a complicated process—a predicament within a problem, surrounded by a conundrum, to say the least. What defines artistic expression? To me it’s individualistic expression or interpretation of a concept, feeling, or thing using a variety of mediums and tools. Wow, that leaves the door wide open, doesn’t it?
How we view anything as art is certainly individualistic isn’t it? Now, of course our interpretations are molded by personal preference, culture, and our upbringing. Labeling anything a piece of art is individualistic—what one person views as art, often another will not. Furthermore, what one person views as art for his/her home or workplace, another person sees as something that should be in a gallery or museum. I think that the key to being a successful artist, then, lies in the ability to have the art universally appealing and marketable. To come up with something unique and “universally acceptable” is an enormous task for an artist. Artists usually have at least a part of themselves that loathes copying or borrowing anything from other artists.
Therefore, accomplishing the dream of creating something totally unique that still allows an artist to make a living is a rare feat. It is a tough business. Many artists study past masters and then add the uniqueness that secures themselves within their market. There’s common ground that stands out.
Creating for friends and relatives or as a personal hobby is one thing. Doing it for public consumption is quite another. It doesn’t matter that someone is turned on by a piece of art. An artist’s business acumen has to become engaged at some point to make a living.
We’re in a world of people that communicate with common signals, concepts, theories, and tools. So, creating something literally “out of this world” doesn’t make sense or at least would be deemed “weird”, “not art”, or unacceptable to whomever. So, taking a given commonality and making it a unique and truly artistic piece saves the mental health of the artist and offers a sale acceptable for the public.
SAI artists have more than satisfied the uniqueness aspect, as well as produced art that is highly desirable and valuable to the public. I would have to say that their art is “out of this world”. See for yourself!
Artists are not generally crazy either. Nor do they have to take drugs to come up with an idea. Some people that have used drugs and have subsequently been acceptably creative, but those are rare exceptions. Speaking for myself and probably many other artists, we’re naturally high or stoned on life. Actually, taking drugs would probably tip many a creative person off the edge we now hang onto. We’re already way out there.
There has to be some natural propensity (DNA) to be an artist. Although artistic ability is frequently attributed to right-brained thinkers, recent research has shown that abilities in subjects such as math are actually strongest when both halves of the brain work together. Today, neuroscientists know that the two sides of the brain work together to perform a wide variety of tasks and that the two hemispheres communicate through the corpus callosum. Regardless of natural propensity, artists have to study, practice, and go through spells of failure and unsuccessful expression. Our artists at SAI (as well as all successful artists) have had interesting, eventful, and trying pasts that include those learning curves. Check out the artists’ bios on our site. The artists on Sports Art International truly are out of this world, but down to earth, real people. They are amazing masters at what they do.