I am an artist. For many years, I wasn't comfortable with that title. I call myself an artist now, not because I think I'm better than you, or anyone else. It's a calling. I don't use the word "calling" based on the belief in a higher power, it is a state of mind. Like all of you, I experience life. I'm not rich, or at least in comparison to people around me, but I'm not poor either. I don't have a lot of money, but I have friends and family that care about me. That in itself is a richness beyond compare.
I draw and I paint. They may not be the best drawings and paintings you can find, but they do express something. Whether it be a particular thought or feeling, my works are me, as your works are you. I can't stop myself from drawing and painting. If I lived in a tent, and had nothing but a stick to draw in the dirt with, THAT would be my art.