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I think you're asking a good question. Of course, some artists are born that
way. One of the best descriptions I've ever read of "what constitutes" an
artist, is from a book called Anthills of the Savannah, by the Nigerian
writer, Chinua Achebe.You can probably find it.It's in chapter nine,
beginning with the words: "It is also like this(for what is true comes in
different robes)...and goes on for two and a half pages or so.
My personal experience is that although I remember deciding when I was six
that I wanted to be an artist, I didn't feel free to call myself one for a
long, long time. I think that after seeing what I did of the history of art,
seeing the disciplines, the philosophies, the grandeur and the depth... I was
over-awed and felt that it would be arrogant to call myself an artist. Then I
schlepped along, for years, trying art in this way and that, painting,
looking at things, thinking about things. I got to the point, somehow, one
day... that I d became so bold as to refer to myself as an artist.
Good Luck, Hope you can say it sooner than I could.