You became an artist because you have a gift to share. Innately, you know that to be true whether anyone else does or not. Look around the room and see your work. Can you remember the reasons that you made the various pieces that are right in front of your eyes? Each person’s reason is different for why they create. Some do it when they are happy. Others create when they are sad. For some people, it is a combination of both.
We are each born with emotions and those feelings have to go somewhere. For an artist, they go onto a canvas to be seen and processed by others. So, think about your craft. Is it not unbelievable? How many other people do you know in your family or close group of friends that are that aligned with their own creative journey and hitching their natural-born talents to it?
Artists are dreamers and imagineers with all of life to paint. They put into pictures what other people can only put into words. You have a gift. Do not ever minimize it, apologize for it, or compromise it to please someone else. It is there to be cultivated and appreciated, not only by you, but also by others who connect with your inner dreams and feel the emotions wielded at them through the mediums you choose because they suit you best.
If you have decided to stop creating new work, there may be more to your decision than you are aware. Many artists become stymied because of fear of how others will respond to their art. If you have encountered that dilemma, let me assure you that most people are in awe when they come in contact with someone who has an artistic gift. At the moment that they see your art, if people do not buy it, that does not mean that they do not admire it. It could mean that they simply do not have the means to make a purchase at that time. Just keep doing what you are doing and eventually, you will find your niche.
Even if you hold a different job, but work on your art part-time, do not entertain the thought of giving up on your talent. If you have not received the recognition you thought you would gain by this time, do not let the delays dissuade you. If you put that canvas down too soon, you will never know if that was the path you were supposed to go on from the beginning. Give yourself time. Improve your skills. Reach out to others who could help you with a viable way to market your work. If you approach your craft with a positive attitude, you could come in contact with more people than you ever imagined and make that dream of yours come true.
I strongly believe that the creative process grows even stronger when shared with others.