Being an artist is not a gift. It is sweat, time, tears, hours,days,struggles,failures,renaissance,aching wrist, aching eyes…hours…more…and more hours of doing what we love in the medium that drives us.
Don’t belittle the artist and praise hard work and a natural inclination for creation as a ‘gift’. There is no free art.
Congratulate them on their ability to express the deepest composure and admire their practice and dedication to self expression in material form.