Artists want to:
• Grow as an artist: continuous learning, knowledge of tools, techniques and styles
• Work with people who provoke and inspire their imaginations and move them beyond the comfort of what is.
• Produce memorable work that touches people's hearts and moves them to change
• Gain mastery of their craft
• Create “new” things that advance the state of the art.
• Be valued and respected for their talents and dedication to their craft
The most challenging elements of “being” an artist are embodied in these statements from Carl Jung (applies to all). In his view art is not what we do, it is who we are:
- "As a human being the artist may have many moods and a will and personal aims, but as an artist he is 'man' in a higher sense – he is 'collective man' – one who carries and shapes the unconscious, psychic life of mankind."
- “Art is a kind of innate drive that seizes a human being and makes him its instrument. The artist is not a person endowed with free will who seeks his own ends, but one who allows art to realize its purposes through him… There are hardly any exceptions to the rule that a person must pay dearly for the divine gift of the creative fire”