"A Blue Painter"
by Marc Chagall, 1968
Yes, the struggle is real. It's not just the obvious financial aspects of making little income to support yourself and your family, but it's the ultimate struggle to get noticed. Just to be recognized for your time, thoughts and sensibilities for creating your work is a small victory. If you've ever sold a painting or even perhaps a piece of jewelry that you made, it's quite gratifying. The fact that someone values your intellectual property enough to actually purchase it, affirms your legitimacy as an artist.