I’d agree. yes of course you can call yourself an artist, but after nearly forty years of lecturing in art schools at degree and post-grad level, and having answered this question many times before (mainly from people working in the crafts, or applied arts) i’d suggest that describing oneself as an ‘artist’ is nothing to do with the quality of what you produce (again not saying your work is good or bad). Instead, I’d strongly recommend thinking of yourself as a ‘painter’ - because it’s what you do. Whether or not you’re a ‘good’, or as I prefer an ‘accomplished’ painter, is up to yourself, other painters and the market to decide.
Painting is a difficult discipline, I don’t paint, but I seriously care about painting,think about it a lot, have a very experienced eye and have critiqued thousands of paintings in my career. I’m also married to a painter, who’s been painting every day for nearly fifty years, She has a Masters degree in painting and has exhibite internationally, but some of her paintings are very good, whilst inevitably other works are less well resolved. Apropos which, probably the main reason I don’t paint is that a painting, unlike works in other media, is in a way never finished because there’s almost always something one can do to take it further. The American artist Jasper Johns, when asked how he knew when a painting was finished, replied when he had no more questions to ask of it. In other words, a painting is finished when the artist runs out of ideas (and the painting has in a sense ‘died’ as far as its creator is concerned - the relationship is broken or changed).
I’ve tried to make my reply sincere and helpful: basically, your cncern shouldn’t be what one calls oneself -whether it be artist, painter, journeying craftsman, or whatever. Instead, what matters is what you’re trying to do and the quality of what you produce when judged against the criteria you set yourself. My final advice would be to look at lots of painting first hand and to be a ruthless, dispassionate (or as dispassionate as possible) critic of what you produce.
Hope you find this advice useful,
Best wishes for you and your painting