michael and francessco...
sure there are artists. i know them too very well, some younger at my age some older than me. but u know, to be an artist it is not enough to create (though this is the most and the mooooooost important). there is a comunity of artists as well. it happens many times that this comunity can be described some how as dave pointed, and they can be very snobish. in this case u have mainly three choices - to low dawn your profile or to to start being snobish and comunicative with them or to have and use enough charizma to be your own self and still be considered by this comunity as an artist.