The following excerpt refers to twentieth century American painter John Sloan, who didn’t sell his first painting until he was past 40.
“When a friend asked him why he kept on [painting] in the face of so few sales, he replied, ‘The only reason I am in the profession is because it is fun.'” -p.28, Time-Life Books’ American Painting, 1900-1970
And now, a century later, Sloan’s paintings are exhibited at dozens of museums and galleries nationwide. (Good thing he kept on having fun.)
Image of Sloane in 1891 found on Wikimedia Commons.