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Question: Dear DSC. You refer in your society to honourary members as being "Canadian drawing masters." I would like to know how you define a "master"?

Answer: A "master" is someone who is no longer intimidated by the medium he or she uses. He or she has truly "mastered" the medium in which they draw or paint. "Master," is not an academic degree nor a title that is purchased. Generally speaking, the term "master" is a term of recognition conferred upon the artist by his or her peers and the art community in general. "Master" is not a national title or recognition by special arts organizations. One becomes a master not by striving after the title or recognition, but by excelling in the craft of creating fine art works. When the Drawing Society of Canada honours Canadian drawing masters as honourary members of the society, we do so because the artist has demonstrated a life-long commitment to drawing (although not exclusively to drawing - many are painters ) as well as mastery of drawing techniques, and developed a body of work that positions drawings as complete works in themselves and not just preparatary work or "studies" for paintings. A Canadian drawing master is an artist who loves to draw, who draws well, who is comfortable in one or any number of styles and who has spent many years creating drawings that in turn have become valuable contributions to Canada's overall artistic heritage.
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