Can an artist give themselves the title of a folk painter? I am a “folk” painter mainly because there are people folk in my paintings, but I do consider myself to be a bit of a folk painter. I feel like I have been out here on an island in the art world so to speak because I always held a day job until I became disabled. And I consider myself to be somewhat self-taught. Safe to say I did not take my art schooling too seriously until around my fifth year.
I am also a New Englander which has a long and proud folk tradition. I was also fortunate to have worked in the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a time as security and was able to immerse myself in all kinds of world class art. At the core though I would say is calligraphy and doodling.