I can't really put a finger on the day that I started to consider myself to be an artist. I have been a creative type for the whole of my life, but there was a transition where I found my creative focus (focus might be an overstatement). I do remember when people started introducing me as an artist, "This is Maria, she's an artist." I am not sure why, but it felt right.
I had been known as many other things, most notably as a PK ---for those not in the know that is pastor's kid. I really hated the PK label because PKs tend to fall into 2 categories: saintly and wild. People would assume that I was one or the other, but I think I have always been equal doses of the two, so it just served to annoy. Plus it wasn't a label that I had earned, just one I'd come upon through birth.
I dabbled in the arts as a kid. I tried theater, writing, piano, singing, saxophone (it was really bad), crafting, painting, drawing, etc. I just never really sought to define myself. I was just trying things out.
I hadn't been searching for a label, but this one didn't bother me. Quite frankly I felt some happy stirring deep inside when that label became attached to me. Over time I have found several other labels that give me the same feeling: mother, writer, wife, awesome (wink)--but it was that first identifier that really seems to have become a part of the foundation of who I am. I always feel the most like me when I am making art.
When do you feel the most like you?