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Visual artists convey thoughts, opinions, and ideas through their work, whether it is a realistic painting, a piece of pottery, or an abstract sculpture. They use one or more media, such as clay, paint, metal, or computer technology, to create two- or three-dimensional works. The field of visual arts is usually separated into three categories: commercial art, fine art, and craft. There are approximately 51,400 craft and fine artists, 68,900 multimedia artists, and 259,500 graphic designers employed in the United States, and most artists are self-employed.