Art Has Been Redefined
The conventional definition of visual art changed significantly at the beginning of the Twentieth Century. The invention of photography made painters reconsider their roles, and the subsequent art period that we still call ‘Modern’ Art is a dramatic expansion of the range and variety of visual art.
Other technological developments led to yet further expansion of the scope of visual art. Film and video are but two examples. And mixing media became common, and progressively easier with the advent of personal computers and the ease of the digitalization of artworks.
And most importantly, personal computers made the tools of creation readily accessible. I’m fortunate living at a time when I could take advantage of that. Many writers are envious of those creating a different kind of art. I love visual art and have always wished I had some aptitude or skill at creating it. Now I can.
I will always remain primarily a writer, but I enjoy being able to create visual art. I know I’ll never be in serious competition with those who have devoted their lives to it, but I have become good enough to receive some recognition in that creative field. I’m more than satisfied.