Why is this funny, you think? My knee jerk thought in spite of knowing better, “MlLLIONAIRE and ARTIST? Opposing ideas? Ha!”
Society has conditioned us to think:
- artists are poor, if not “starving”
- millionaires don’t make art
- money and art are somehow in opposition
- art looks like X, Y, or Z
The lizard brain is old, strong, fast, and concrete. Every big shift forward we’ve made as a human race entailed developing superior control over the lizard brain so that the prefrontal cortex — where we think creativity lives — can rub some ideas together to spark something.
The definition of art has been expanding rapidly. Traditional-looking art can be found in museums, and we can learn much from close, slow study of these. Just don't limit your definition of art to "well-lit objects that can sit still in a building". Giving people a way to file their taxes more enjoyably can be art too.