In high school, I thought I was a brilliant artist and could do anything I wanted. When I started art college, it all changed. I was told to stick with crafting and that my work was no good. I was not an artist at all and was asked why I even tried. It is very discouraging for teachers to tell their students this kind of criticism. I was not prepared for that, so I dropped out of school and never returned.
Many decades later, someone saw my work and asked why I had quit. So, I have been dabbling here and there. One day, I will seriously paint again.