There are painters out there who reproduce works of the masters, they are capable of capturing the most minute nuance of the original painting. Would you call them Artists? I would'nt. I don't think most people would either.
I, for one, would call them artists. Anyone who creates a
painting or a piece of jewelry is just as much an artist as the
person they copied. Maybe not as good an artist,maybe not as
creative an artist,but still an artist. When we sit down and
create a piece, what are we doing? We are drawing upon all that
we admire.We design jewelery with big lines or small swirls or
whatever ,because we like that kind. It is not because we got up
one morning, and before anyone else had a chance,we
thought,Hey!!!,what if I made a thing that fit on my finger. We
all act like, create like, even talk like those we admire. So
whether you think so or not, your one of a kind piece is really
a collection of many techniques that you have learned along the
way,From other people. I’ll admit that I am a compilation of all
that I could and would learn and I have a desire to learn more.
The designs I do today are different than those I will do
tomorrow,and I can count on the fact that if I like what you
design, I will mimic it. Not because I am a thief of ideas, but
that I am an artist just like you.
Michael Mathews Victoria,Texas USA