An Artists Relationship With Their Art

Living Through Art: An Artist’s Relationship With Their Art – #1

There have been times when I am so consumed with emotions while I am creating a piece of art, when I am finished it seems to embody part of who I am.  I believe that a facet of myself, at that moment in time, is sealed into my artwork. I once had a gentleman visit my booth at an art fair, he told me that he could feel the emotions emanating from the art. I was greatly moved by his statement and have often thought of it, wondering if others have had similar types of experiences. If my emotional expression through creation can be a direct form of living through my art; then do others feel the same way?

I would love to hear your answer to the question “Do you live through your art?” Post your answer in the comments below.

As an artist, do you live through your art?


Vas Littlecrow: I do not live through my art. Art is my life, but experiences in the real world are what makes this lifestyle possible. My art is more like a reflection of my life than anything else. –


Delisa Carnegie: Yes. The need to create is almost like the need to breath. Sure I can physically live without ever making anything, but on a spiritual level I would shrivel and be empty inside. Making art makes me happy, calms me, heals me, and clears my head so I can think strait. –


Charlene Slimp: This one is hard to say. There’s so little separation between making art and living. It’s as if one were the perfectly natural extension of the other. Life is SO rich and wondrous in it’s experience, it’s only natural that we need to somehow express what we experience, think, dream, and fear through some form and that form is artwork. From paintings on cave walls to the Sistine Chapel to the nightmares and florals I capture – they’re all expressions that would remain locked up inside if we didn’t have art to express them. –


Kesha Bruce: I don’t live through my art.  It’s simply one of the many expressions of my identity.  What I do in my professional studio practice is just one of the creative outlets in my life. If I had to give up art-making tomorrow it wouldn’t kill me. I wouldn’t be thrilled about it, but I’m sure I could find another habit that would bring just as much meaning to my life. –


Abigail Markov: No, I would not say I live vicariously through my art, in the vicarious sense. I do express myself in many ways through my artwork, and who I am, I am told, comes through strongly at times for others, though. I’ve been gradually developing a fairly distinctive style, to the point where friends can say whether a painting they’ve never seen before is mine or not. –


Tori Deaux: Hmm..  I’ve never really thought of it in those terms.  I have an odd habit of approaching life (and all of its myriad bits) as if it were an art project, a carefully crafted expression or communication of something otherwise intangible…  so I think I’m more comfortable saying that art lives through me, rather than me through it.

And I should probably clarify that I’m writing more here about what I consider my “fine art” (watercolors and the like) rather than cartooning and illustration, which are far less personal expressions for me. –

I would love to hear your answer to the question “Do you live through your art?” Post your answer in the comments below.

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  2. Joy

    Yes, I absolutely do live through my art. I believe and practice that each creation absorbs the energy that I create with; what I wish to share is life enriching and spirit enlivening so I create from a physical place of peace and my essence is in each creation. People feel that as they receive my work (whether that is through written words, visual photo, a gift of a food item). It is ultra-important to me to only allow those who are similar energetic matches to contribute to that work (for example, anyone working on my site or in my kitchen will have energy similar or more enriching than mine).

    1. Emily Rose

      Joy, I appreciate your response and understand that our energy is embodied in our art work. It is such a personal experience when creating art with part of ourselves. It’s great that you are so diligent when in the midst of creation. I took a look at your site, and its lovely, I feel it is very peaceful place. Keep up the great work.

      -Emily Rose

  3. Dena

    At first blush, I am tempted to say that I’m not sure if I would declare that I live through my art. However, I do know that the act of creativity, and thus the producing of art, is so intrinsic to my nature, my being, AND my self-concept that I see life through my art, experience life through my involvement in art, and connect with Spirit through my art. By the end of that sentence, I am ready to say that, yes, I probably do live through my art. I don’t believe the artist in me is detachable.

    Thanks for asking.

    1. Emily Rose

      Dena, Thank you for such great insight into your relationship with your art. I am deeply moved and understand that is part of my relationship with my art as well. I do feel more connected to my spiritual center when I am creating. Thank you for sharing.

  4. britt greenwood

    I have noticed, even with commisions, I have an up and down relationship with my art. Some days I am moved emotionally and spiritually by the process and content. Other days, I am only going through the motions.

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