This is a response to a post on Funky Art Queen (http://funkyartqueen.blogspot.com/). Her friend asked her the provocative question "When did you know you were an artist?" which elicited a great poem from the (other!) Queen. Check it out !
When I thought about this question myself, I realized that I have always known I was an artist. I have just spent a lot of time convincing others that I am !!
I think that "artist" is just one of the labels I have claimed for myself, finally ! I still get a little thrown when someone asks me "What do you do ?" and when I say "I am an artist."(with as much confidence as I can muster) and they inevitably say "Oh, what do you make ? or "What kind of artist?". I dabble in so many things, have sold many of my pieces, have created special gifts of my art for loved ones, have shared my techniques and experiences with other artists, and made a lot of art just for myself. I think that all of those things make me an "artist" and I have chosen to claim the label as an intrinsic part of me. In the end, for me, being an artist is about the process of creation. "I create, therefore I am." Or maybe "I am, therefore I create."