Whether you are a professional or amateur artist yourself, or a keen patron of art, matters not. The interest in functional fine art or commercial art, or both (probably both at this stage) is mutual. Also, what could really be important at this stage is just how far back you are able to go to recall the time when your interest in art for art’s sake first received its calling. Now, if you are able to go back some years, way back when, before commercial art was even more popular than fine art, as is the case today, you need not give your age away to your fellow readers.
Because there was a time when commercial art and fine art could not quite see eye to eye. Any young man or woman who aspired to become a full-time professional artist would often be discouraged from this by their well-meaning, and some would say, wise parents. Because to all practical intents and purposes, there simply was no money in it in comparison to all the conventional trades and professions. It was the same as telling ambitious youngsters that while, by all means, they could take acting lessons, they would still need to hold on to their proverbial day jobs.
Even today still, not everyone will be making the cut on the level of superstardom. But today, there is every possibility that anyone with an interest in fine art can decorate himself or herself with professional accolades. The numbers are growing. More and more people are finding it possible to become material patrons of the arts. This is not confined to weekend visits to the museums and art galleries but to the actual purchase of fine art no matter what medium it is presented in.