I hesitate to reference myself as an “artist.” If you make a full-time living with your art then you qualify. Short of that you’re pretty much just a “wannabe.” I paint stuff… A LOT OF STUFF! But I also pull in some cash creating promotional and training videos. And I’m still a TV WeatherGuy on the RFD-TV national network.
One day soon all of my income will be derived entirely from my art (plus any money I can suck out of Uncle Sam). I look forward to that day when I can legitimately call myself “AN ARTIST!” But mostly I just look forward to retiring and painting full time!