The difference between an artist and an imposter is that the artist will spend a lifetime doing the work whether or not anyone is interested, while the imposter won’t persevere without recognition and rewards. Imposters constitute the vast majority, but they produce far less work than the artists because they devote their energies to socializing and self-promotion. In the late 60’s I rented my first studio in a building filled with young artists, mostly MFA students. Some evenings I would feel social and go around the building looking for someone to hang with, and to my surprise all the studios would be padlocked. It’s not surprising that within a few years most of my neighbors had given up art completely. Several produced only one or two paintings a year. I made something every week, sometimes every day. Not to would have seemed like a waste of my light-filled loft overlooking The Hub in San Francisco. So, here I am, about 44 years later, still making art whether or not anyone is interested. - Michael Lipsey

The difference between an artist and an imposter is that the artist will spend a lifetime doing the work whether or not anyone is interested, while the imposter won’t persevere without recognition and rewards. Imposters constitute the vast majority, but they produce far less work than the artists because they devote their energies to socializing and self-promotion. In the late 60’s I rented my first studio in a building filled with young artists, mostly MFA students. Some evenings I would feel social and go around the building looking for someone to hang with, and to my surprise all the studios would be padlocked. It’s not surprising that within a few years most of my neighbors had given up art completely. Several produced only one or two paintings a year. I made something every week, sometimes every day. Not to would have seemed like a waste of my light-filled loft overlooking The Hub in San Francisco. So, here I am, about 44 years later, still making art whether or not anyone is interested. - Michael Lipsey