Is it the artist born just a little off center,
or is it the persuit of art that takes him there?
Some folks who have been called "artists" over the years have had considerable technical skill, but as for pushing any envelopes - ? Not a chance in hell. Norman Rockwell comes to mind...."Art", yes, but strictly bland, predictable and commercially safe. Much like his politics.
Is confrontational, boundary-exploding art "more artistic" than the art of, oh, say, the soporific schlock of Thomas Kincaid, the "Master of Light"? That's a matter of opinion. Art, like any other beautiful thing, is in the eye of the beholder.
All I can say is that I'd rather look at the work of a talented amateur with big ideas than the polished-but-soulless dreck of a pro who quit trying after they hit the jackpot.
A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament. Oscar Wilde
Sometimes I can look at a persons' handwriting and see art.
" Being a little off center" is a term that can loosely describe about a gazillion personalities that walk this planet. We are each and every one unique.
It is society that defines what the "center" is...some are definitions are broader than others...IMO.