I started writing to people I admired.
And they started writing back.
With some I continued a mild correspondence, meaning nothing to them, I'm sure, but everything to me.
The letter above from Norman Rockwell refers to an episode I had where one of my paintings was accepted into a show, when I was in high school, but my art teacher cracked me over the head with extremely harsh criticism and mockingly compared it to a Rockwell painting.
One guy who never wrote back was Picasso. He was probably busy or something.