I think what I’m about to say is a common thread for artists. I can’t help but compare myself and my work to other artists. Ego is wrapped up in each item I make. It is an expression of me. So once a piece is finished -- maybe for sale, a gift or just for my own use -- I feel it makes me vulnerable to outside opinions both positive and negative. Too much comparison can lead to self-doubt.
Over the years I have come to realize that all the influences, education and practice I’ve attained has evolved into a reflection of me in my work and how it is different. This unique contrast is a really good thing. In finding my own artistic voice I’ve learned to appreciate that other artists make work that I cannot and vice versa.
Compare and contrast. Each helps move me forward in my art journey. And overall, that’s a positive!