What I need to know is this: historically, what class(es) did Japanese painters come from? A lot of them seem to have been priests as well, and I think some of them were from the military and merchant classes, right? But is there ever any instance where a high-ranking peasant (maybe a second son of a village headman) became a painter (regardless of success level, actually the less successful the better, in terms of my story)?
Or, a second question: did high-ranking members of the peasant class (such as the example given above) ever dabble at painting, studying the works of masters, etc.?
EDIT: ...Also, completely unrelated question, but: Were woodcutters also in the peasant class? Were the separate from farmers, or within the categorization of farmers?
Thanks so much!