I for one, will always be grateful to all those artists that put themselves on the line to beautify my world, entertain me, challenge me, make me think, help me better understand other people, myself, and the human condition in general.
I am less grateful to the artists who uglify my world, offend me, and cause me to temporarily despair for humanity.
But you can’t have one without the other, and of course the same artist can be both for different people.
I think some of the hardest people on artists are other artists. I remember hearing a girl in art school angrily speak of another woman we knew who was actually earning a living painting murals. “That’s not art!” because she was painting what her employers wanted her to.
I think a lot of artists also confuse the artistic impulse with artistic talent or think that talent alone is enough and neglect to pursue study and training in their area of talent.