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I am a proud outsider artist which is art by self-taught or naïve art makers. Typically, those labeled as outsider artists have little or no contact with the mainstream art world or art institutions. In many cases, their work is discovered only after their deaths. Often, outsider art illustrates extreme mental states, unconventional ideas, or elaborate fantasy worlds.
I regard myself as an amateur by choice, a person who engages in a study, i.e. art, or other activity for pleasure rather than for financial benefit or professional reasons.