I have been painting all my life and making a living since I was twenty with the creation of colorful brush marks on canvas. But things have changed. I think the profession of being a fine artist is going the way of the old sign painter.
In general people don't make a distinction between original and copy anymore. Reproductions have become so good that it's hard for even a trained eye to tell the difference, so why should anyone be interested in original art? It's a problem that more artists are finding out.