A number of years ago, as an art student in California, I noticed an article in our local newspaper announcing an art show for a portrait artist living in our area. The artist painted portraits of well-known celebrities and politicians, and the samples of his work appeared incredible. They were remarkable likenesses of the individuals. What really stirred my interest was that he was self-taught. I began thinking to myself . . . “I quit my job and moved my entire family to California to attend a reputable art school, while this ‘self-taught’ individual is producing work this remarkable! Is there something that I am missing?” I had to attend the show and see for myself how this individual perfected his talent without professional training.
When my wife and I entered the showroom I was shocked! The paintings were poorly done, definitely the work of a novice. I realized that the portrait samples printed in the newspaper were deceptive; the reduced size covered-up many mistakes and disguised the quality of the paintings. I had been duped by the small reproductions.
It became obvious to me that there is a huge difference between the work of someone who is self-taught and one who is professionally trained. This is true in any field. It really does take time and continual specialized instruction to perfect any skill.
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This article was written by David E