There is no reason for you to feel this way about either yourself or your art.
Understand that how you acquire your skills, what you choose to paint, what your art looks like, and how you present yourself and expose people to your art are entirely up to you.
Your art world persona is whatever you want it to be, not what you think it should be or what the so-called art world wants it to be, or especially what art schools teach you it should be.
A surprising number of people are even afraid to do something as simple as set foot inside an art gallery.
At the same time however, practically everybody likes art and would own it if they found something nice that they could afford and feel comfortable about buying. (You artists with degrees might pay a little attention here too.) In a way, you have an advantage over the "intimidating" aspects of the art world and the formalities of art galleries because you're not intimidating and aren't "imprisoned" by the constraints of a formal art education.
In other words, you're a normal everyday person just like those who might be interested in buying your art.
Q: I've been painting for 20 years mainly for my own personal enjoyment, but people kept telling me how much they liked me art.
So I started selling about two years ago and have made a little over $10000 since by promoting and marketing my paintings totally on my own.
I've never taken any art courses and don't have a lot of confidence in myself, so I price pretty low.Reading articles in art magazines and online about the art world and about art galleries is pretty intimidating.You know how to paint, you can relate to everyday people in language they can understand, and some of them even like your art enough to buy it. So far, you've made a modest amount of sales without having to travel among the "intimidators" and that's even better. At no time in history has it ever been easier for an artist to establish a profile and attract a fan base with absolutely zero involvement in either the gallery system or "established" art world-- regardless of their education, experience or qualifications. In this era of social networking, greater and greater numbers of artists are going it entirely on their own and succeeding at it.Social networking plays a huge part in this because the entire world becomes your audience.If you begin posting examples of your art online and people like what they see, word of you and your art will start to proliferate. If you're interested in learning more about how this all works, read Facebook and Social Networking for Artists.What's also at play here is that your self-esteem can use a boost.