One of the persistent pitfalls of art discussion is the idea of “natural talent.” A phrase that commonly accompanies this topic is that someone was “born to be an artist.” This is not an inherently wrong statement, but it often leads people to discredit or forget about the blood, sweat, and tears that a truly great artist will pour into their craft. The idea that people are good at something because they were born to be skilled at it fails to acknowledge the many exceptional individuals who were able to overcome all odds in order to become great at what they do. Portraitist Marius Kędzierski might have a few words on the subject because he has to work harder than most to create his artwork. Kędzierski only has a partial right arm, he was born without hands.
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