When I see this statement, I have to admit that it bothers me. It bothers me a lot. What the heck is a Self Taught Artist? Are there self taught writers? Self Taught dancers? Self taught actors?
When I look back on my history as an artist, I have had a lot of great teachers, mentors and instructors. I have taken formal art classes, I have read numerous art books, watched instructional videos and blogs to soak up their information. I have attended workshops, and build a group of artist friends that I have turned to for advice, critique and instruction. I can not possibly say that I am a self taught artist.
What I can state is that my teachings are now self directed. I am no longer enrolled in a formal art school but I continue to seek out workshops and professional artists where I can advance my skills. At the end of this month I will be participating in a 12 week conceptual art summer camp. Then in November, I will be participating in the One Fantastic Weekend hosted by 6 professional artists.
I appreciate all the instructors and mentors who have contributed to my education. This is why it drives me crazy when people say they are self taught.