Then one day someone said that I did not have to take care of my looks since I don't work, you know do my nails, buy nice things to wear in public, remove the hair on my body, etc...They inferred that I was unworthy because I did not have their type of job with a regular pay check.
This told me that being respected as an artist was simply in my own mind. I never thought that way before. It made me doubt myself, both as an artist and a person. I question my own worth. This bothered me enough to write this post.
I started to wonder how many other artist are feeling this lack of respect and what can an artist do about it. I am still pondering this question and the only thing I do fairly well is art. I would not do well in any other profession.
So I answer with this, if you have support of your loved ones you can succeed and respect your artist self. Don't let the doubt rise in your life. If you don't have support from your family then you need to find those who will support your choice to be an artist.
When those who don't understand ask what is your real job, remember you work harder than anyone working a regular job to be successful as an artist. An artist must learn many things besides how to do their art. How to live with a tight and uncertain budget, how to do all the business side of selling the art, how to manage your time between life's obligations and doing your art.
My advice to other artist is; stay strong, know you are worthy, and keep painting.