Channeling is key. Emotions, experiences, perspectives. All are transferred to the canvas or to video. To connect to the audience, to share, to truly link. Whether the depiction is through the human body, scenery, or various imagery.
I have experienced the same thing you’ve gone through. Therefore, you are not alone.
My process is not simple. The “link” between the artist and audience can easily get lost through symbolism, language, or unorthodox means of expression. The symbolism and language used can determine what the intended audience is. Nevertheless, the artist’s hand is always reaching out, waiting to connect.