When creating, it is an illusion to think that you are alone with your brush and canvas, a much greater force than yourself that exceeds you is present. At least we're just a channel.
Art is not only an entry into itself but also an entry into a larger universe in which the artist loses all sense of time and space. Just to experience this moment, creation is essential, regardless of the result.
But if the result is there, and the artistic creation triggers emotion in the other, the artist feels that he has won not because of recognition but because he has succeeded in making another light shine in the eyes of the observer.