Sometimes the art we make can look like someone else’s art. We all want to be original but the fact is we are all seeing and getting inspired from the thousands of images we see. How original can we be? Recently I was working on a painting and saw how similar it was to another artists work. It surprised me and made me wonder about originality and influence. I was reluctant to talk about this because I saw how attached I was to being so original.

We are all unique but we also share the same world. How original can we be? Why are we so attached to being so? And in the end are we?

I am curious and would love your feedback.

In gratitude, Nicholas

PS By the way, here’s a link to the amazing artist’s work I mention in the video:

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