If you have the desire to make art and bring it to the world, no matter your age, education or experience, you owe it to the world to pursue that feeling, and just do it.
Every artist has something to offer and each piece or body of work offers a fresh new take on a topic, social issue or cause. A new way of seeing beauty. A feeling uniquely yours to bring hope or change to the world.
You Have a Unique Artistic Voice Unlike Any Other
Your voice is important, and there is a story within you that only you can tell in the way that you tell it. You have experiences, thoughts, and perspectives that nobody else in the world has. Your art is a platform to express them.
When people hear what you have to say they too may be inspired to take action or do something differently, or see the world differently than they did before. Even if no one listens at first, or you aren’t yet bringing your art for folks to see, don’t give up. With dedication and hard work, your art will develop, your voice will develop, your confidence will grow, and your artistic voice will eventually be heard and appreciated if you take the time to nurture your medium and keep going.
Your Art Can Make a Difference
Art can change lives. Think about it. You have a blank canvas and an unlimited platform to bring your unique opinions and beliefs to the world, and those that see your work just in the viewing become your captive audience. Your work has the power to influence the way people think or how they view the world around them, and thus can inspire change. Let me say it again. Your work – your art – can inspire change! Wow. Your work can inspire joy, or motivate action to save the environment. It can spotlight a critical social issue to draw attention to injustice. It can educate the world on endangered species, or areas of the world needing help. It can inspire acts of kindness or urge others to take action to end brutality. Art can provide solace and comfort, or offer support and strength. It can speak for those that don’t have a voice and cannot speak for themselves, it can normalize wellness and healing, and it can soothe grief for those in grieving. Art can even inspire art self-therapy.
Even if your art doesn’t end up in the Louvre, or reach millions of people around the globe, remember that every drop in the pond provides a ripple effect. You never know how your art could touch a soul or change the world.
Fulfillment & Joy
Making art brings you, and others fulfillment and joy. Art not only gives you an outlet for self-expression but it also allows you to express yourself fully. Doing something creative makes us feel alive and fulfilled; no matter how big or small our accomplishments are, we feel good when we do something just because we had the desire to do it – and when you create from joy, amazing things can happen.
Art is not just about becoming famous or gaining recognition. It’s also about making a difference in the world, helping others find joy in life. It’s about inspiration toward action, education, passing down history and story, providing a new perspective, and of course, bringing beauty to the world.
So the next time you hear someone say art is useless, doubt the importance of what you do – or want to do, you owe it to yourself and the world to go make that thing.
Don’t shy from it because you didn’t study it in school, or you’re just starting out. Remember every artist was a new artist at some point, and there is never a good reason NOT to make art.
You can do amazing things with what you create, but you have to create it first.