Hermit Artists fascinate me.

 “There are plenty of artists who need to work in isolation as much as possible.  What I mean is that the Hermit Artist is a kind of mythical archetype, as much as the Old Wise Woman or the Trickster.  They are both potentially real people and also part of our cultural myths.  The Hermit Artist is still often the image many people have of the Artist generally and there are more than a few artists who take on that role… and sometimes just the image.

Mary Corey March  



Hermits  are very unlikely to be sitting around this table. 

Some hermits are my best friends … NO! However, I do know some people who would consider the life of a hermit – just for some alone time.


My memory of hermits, from my childhood,  is that they are monks, who live alone in a monastery or a cave! Why did they do this? Mostly, to achieve access to the next life, on good terms with the maker.

At one stage, in the Byzantine Empire, hermits would set themselves where everyone could see them, but they would isolate themselves from society.

 Would you isolate yourself from society to pursue your writing  or artistic career? Would you do it as a pacifist response to a world you no longer connect with?  How long do you  think you could last?

I found this list of 10 on ListVerse 

under the heading: well known historical hermits.
  • Baal Shem Tov, 1698–1760
  • Julian Of Norwich, 1342–1423
  • Saint Paul, A.D. 228–A.D. 343
  • Zhang Daoling, A.D. 34–A.D. 156
  • Saint Mary Of Egypt, A.D. 344–A.D. 421
  • Pope Celestine V, 1210–1296
  • James Lucas, 1813–1874
  • Gerasimus Of The Jordan, Unknown–A.D. 475
  • William ‘Amos’ Wilson, 1774–1821
  • Anthony The Great, A.D. 251–A.D. 356

Benefits of being a hermit


to yourself

without being interrupted, called to action, or attention!




your priorities, schedules and preferences to suit yourself



i think i’s survive as a part-time hermit. Full time, forever, no way.

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