I bought “On becoming a Successful Artist” by Lewis Lehrman a long time ago. It was my artist bible. About 20 artists were interviewed about how they made it as artists. Each one was interviewed separately, but their answers were very similar. One thing that always stuck out in my mind was the belief in significance of “tenacity over talent.” I really took that to heart, and decided to put in the work. I call it “miles on the brush.” There are no shortcuts to getting good.