How do you define “artist”? Do you consider artists to be sculptors or painters with works displayed in world-class museums? Artisans and craftspeople who produce utilitarian items like baskets or blankets? Bohemian creatives who make objects and images as artistic representations of their experiences? It turns out that “artist” is a kind of catch-all word we can use to describe a person who envisions, designs, or fabricates things of use and/or beauty…so, an artist can be anyone in any circumstance. Sometimes, the circumstance informs the art. Consider that of homelessness.
"I remember the first encounter I had with Jefferson Bright - a VERY talented and humble man. We connected through a discussion regarding the U.S. military - my own father is a Navy veteran who served during the Korean war. Jefferson shared with me that he had actually served in two different branches of the military - the Navy and the Army. I was saddened that someone who has given so much for our country was not being cared for better. He was such a gentle soul and certainly not angry about it, even though I was."