Is being an artist selfish?

Is being an artist selfish?

Gabriella Morris, 24

Why do we do art? Is it selfish to do it for yourself? How should we view self-portraiture and those who paint themselves?

I struggle with my choice to create visual art. Art clearly has power as a means of expression but it can also be a futile pursuit, self-indulgent, at times pointless, even arrogant and loathsome. What else could I be doing that others and I view as more 'worthwhile'?

Is it possible to do art and simultaneously do it for another's good?

Oil on paper, approx. A2

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