An Artist is someone who is able to express themselves in words, movement, writing, painting etc etc. Someone who is creative in their expression of what they are trying to convey. This of course is completely subjective and even the most naieve of art forms is always going to have it's critics.There is always someone who will jump up and down at the opening of a new abstract exhibition and say: "I could have done that! That isn't art!"
The simple answer to that statement has to be:
"BUT you didn't do it did you?"
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