By Carolyn Edlund
Some artists claim they were born to it. For others, there was a catalyst. Perhaps a teacher, an event, or a realization that they needed to create artwork to live their best life.
A look through Artsy Shark’s featured artists tells many stories of how artists became inspired to live the creative life:
Richard Cavoretto spent 30 years as a minister when spotting artwork in a hotel lobby sparked his interest in picking up a paintbrush for the first time since art school years before.
Nancy Raasch battled cancer and decided she wanted to change her focus in art from advertising campaigns to mixed media because she realized it was time to “design for herself.”
JJ Jacobs burned out of a real estate career and took up art to relieve her stress. Now she paints full time.
Coy Johnson got inspired by watching Bob Ross on TV and figured he could be an artist too.
A move to the high desert inspired Anita Stoll to start creating art. She was overwhelmed by the brilliant sunsets and open skies, and began her art career.
Painter Dawn Kureshy moved from a career in laboratory science and sales to express her creative side.
Saturday morning cartoons fueled the urge to paint for Klone Killa, who pursued street art, neon and and murals to share his gift.
Nicola Taylor abandoned a job in finance. She found herself immersed in library storybooks, which sparked her magical work with photography.
Fourteen years of working with flowers in the horticulture industry and a love for Zen combined to inspire Brian Sylvester to design and create his colorful mandalas.
Helen Dearnley credits the beginning of her art career to a music video.
Katrina Mitten taught herself the art of beadworking in an attempt to preserve a tradition in her tribe, and has spent 40 years in this craft.
Nettie Price discovered her passion for art while working as a Math and Science teacher in a youth detention center.
Scott Price accidentally became an artist when developing vacation photographs that inspired him.
What is your story? What made you an artist?