After recent events I felt this was very important
I was recently contacted by an artist that I've known for years about some specific details in a small portion of my work. Though I have used each of these elements in previous pieces, the combination of some key components and timeline for these specific paintings left this artist feeling completely and understandably ripped off.
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, I don't agree I think it feels terrible to have your work copied. I was gutted to know that as I've worked to build a wide and diverse body of artwork unique to my abilities and style I could be viewed as someone who syphoned another artists ideas and hard work, that I hurt this person unintentionally.
This was an unfortunate coincidence, hard to believe in our digital age, but I stand by my work past and current and believe that even with the parallels our styles separate us. I'm happy to discuss my process and how I've gotten to where I am in my work with anyone who may have questions.
I truly appreciate this artist for coming to me about something we're so emotionally invested in as artists so we could discuss and move forward, I have the utmost respect for what they do. I plan to continue to push myself into my work, to grow as an individual artist and support all of the creative arts and artists.