This morning I see that The Dragonfly Woman- who writes one of my favorite insect blogs– has listed me as a top “Insect-Inspired Artist“. That’s quite an honor, especially considering the other talent on her list.
But, the notion I might be an artist never sat well with me. Artists project vision. Artists express personal and societal statements. Artists channel themselves through their medium. I often recall Andrew Wyeth’s 200+ paintings of his secret muse Helga, for example. That’s art.
What I do is far more mundane.
I am a collector. I collect images of insects.
I suppose you could think of my methods as involving artistry. That doesn’t sit well with me either, though. A better word is craftsmanship. I am proud of my work, and it’s a craftsman’s pride. My collection of insect photos is, I like to think, well made. But it’s not art.