Hi folks. My name is Lloyd Goldstein and I'm a photographer/artist. I recently came upon this definition of what an artist is. I saw this and it spoke to me. Written by Rebekah Joy Plett.
'When you buy from an independent artist you are buying more than just a painting or a novel or a song. You are buying hundreds of hours of experimentation and thousands of failures. You are buying days, weeks, months, years of frustration and moments of pure joy. You are buying nights of worry about paying the rent. You aren't just buying a thing, you are buying a piece of my heart, part of a soul, a private moment in someone's life. Most importantly, you are buying that artist more time to do something they are truly passionate about; something that makes all of the above worth the fear and doubt; something that puts the life into the living.'
Self taught from too far back to want to remember.