A professor of mine at art college confessed that he wasn't sure if what he was creating was art. He was a very smart man and far better versed in art philosophy and history than I ever have been. I have been down the rabbit hole of defining art many times, and I now have decided to stand outside the warren and paint. I have on occasion been asked to write an artist's statement.
How do I sound like an artist? It turns out that I am not that kind of artist. I don't mind attempting an artist statement, it's an enjoyable exercise to try and communicate to others why I paint what I paint, but my paintings are meant to be looked at, not read about. I don't need recognition or acceptance from any one group or institution to drive me to paint. When people look at my paintings I doubt they think "he must know a lot about art," and if you buy my art people won’t think that you must be really clever for making that purchase.
Is my art important, as in "Alan Bateman is a very important contemporary artist"? No. I am not a part of a movement, but I am part of a long tradition of realist artists. Some may propose that even within realism there is a shiny gold-plated point of ground-breaking realist artists who should be exalted above others. That doesn't interest me.
So who would I align myself with? Probably the person who made your great-grandmother's blanket box. The person who planted the row of pine trees along a lane.
The biggest compliment you could pay my work is to keep it on your wall where you see it every day and leave it in your will to someone who has seen it every day.