Why Artists Are the Luckiest People I Know

“Petite Fleurs”- Pablo Picasso

“Picasso was drawing like an angel in the crib.”Louise Nevelson, Sculptor

A few years ago, I was at a friend’s house socializing with a few people at a little get-together. One of the people at the party was a professional psychotherapist and analyst.

I started up a conversation with the analyst and we talked for a while about our lives and what we did for a living.  It was just one of those casual party conversations, nothing really heavy-duty.

During our conversation, though, the therapist said something that has stuck with me to this day.

“You’re very lucky,” he told me.  “You know exactly what you want to do with your life.  You want to be an artist.  A lot of people don’t know what to do with their lives.  They come to me for help, for guidance. Sometimes they figure out what they want, but sometimes they don’t.  But you are different.  You know.  That’s a good thing.  You’re lucky.”

I never saw the therapist again after that night at the party.  But I have often thought about what he told me.  And I have learned through these years that he was exactly right.

A lot of people out there don’t get to be so lucky.   They don’t get to find easy answers about who they want to be in this life.  They struggle with their identity.  For whatever reason, they never really find their authentic selves.  In a very real way they remain strangers to themselves, lost souls.  And I think that’s kind of sad.

Why You Are So Lucky….

But if you are anything like most artists I know (and I’ll bet you are), you have always known that you were a creative type.  You have always been drawn to create, to write, to paint, to sculpt.  You have probably always known that since you were very young.

You were probably drawing or painting (or whatever it was that you did) just like Picasso in the crib.


About Gary Bolyer Fine Art

I am a New York City-based landscape artist.
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4 Responses to Why Artists Are the Luckiest People I Know

  1. Yes, Gary, we are lucky! That’s why I struggle to make enough money with this to not have to go out and get a mundane 9-5 job. As far as knowing since I was little about my talent, my parents told me I was drawing all the time at 4 years old. I believe that’s typical – from every artist’s bio that I’ve read.

    • Hello Susan,

      Thanks for your comments. I think what you say here about your early childhood and your talents as an artist being displayed very early on is typical of a lot of artists. It seems to me that artists are born and not really made. It’s like we just come into this world already having a deep sense of who we are and what we want to be doing. Thanks again.

  2. artbylt says:

    I knew I wanted to be an artist early on also, but some artists I know today had those instincts squelched by parents or peer pressure. They had to wait until later in life to get back to their first love.

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