First of all, quit referring to yourself as an artist. Only douchebags and people who work at Subway do that. It’s fine if you paint, write, sing or dance, but please refer to yourself as a painter, writer, singer or dancer.
I love Coke Talk so much it hurts. I have wanted to say this exact phrase to so many people so many times. When I hear people call themselves artists I wince inside and often on the outside as well. It’s just not a label you get to assign yourself. Calling yourself an artist is like calling yourself modest or claiming you are a nice person - claiming this seriously increases the chances you are neither of those things. I understand that often it’s used to project confidence and maybe a bit of righteousness or as an excuse to be weird. In reality it just makes you look less than confident and more like a douche. By all means brag about your accomplishments, show off your creative work, but stop calling yourself an artist. That label is for someone else to give….