How artists got started

I never knew I wanted to be an artist — it was just a sort of burden that I was born with. I always wondered, “When will this thing, this disease, go away?” I dressed differently from all my friends, and spent my teens wondering why I wasn’t like everyone else. My dad was always telling me to grow up and get a proper job.

Sound familiar, to a degree? Maybe that last part in particular, the father’s practical exhortation? The TimesOnline — a UK publication new to me — has what looks to be an interesting article on how people got started as artists. I’m posting this link here for the readers and for myself. I’m on the road, visiting friends in the Monterey Bay area, and don’t have time to read the entire piece right now. When I get the chance I may add to this post.

I thought I did pretty well with the obligatory beach photograph.
Especially with a cameraphone.

About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at

2 Responses to How artists got started

  1. lifecreativitycoach says:

    I think that many artists feel this way in the beginning. However, we all want to be accepted for who we are and some artists do not strave but learn to create in many directions. The economy maybe bad but it is creative people that are likely to be able to create unique job opportunities. There are plently of opportunites for creative people.

    Creative Life Coach for artists, writers, and creative people.

  2. julie says:

    I think you actually shared the best part…

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