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Artisan \Ar"ti*san\ (?; 277), n. [F. artisan, fr. L. artitus skilled in arts, fr. ars, artis, art: cf. It. artigiano.]

Etymology: Middle French, from northern Italian dialect form of Tuscan artigiano, from arte art, from Latin art-, ars

There are those who profess that art is in the eye of the beholder. While this may be basically true I have found that phrase is commonly used as an excuse for confusing Art with art or something else or at least something less. While anybody can participate in their own artistic expression it is a function of intelligence to be able to discern the difference in value between a laypersons art and the works of great masters. To fail to recognize that difference belittles not only the Art and Artist but more importantly human kind whose sum of accomplishments are measured by the heights individual achievement. We should be discriminating enough to appreciate the skill of those who work hard to develop ability in these Arts as well as the greater talent that is endowed to some by the Creator. That is why I chose to use the term Artisan instead of artist. To acknowledge a level of skill that ranges from professional to profound.

Jan Van Eyck 1385-1441

Leonardo De Vinci 1452-1519

Michelangelo 1475–1564