I believe in the importance of formal art education. However not everyone has the time nor the means to do so.
I'm doing preparative work for several bodies of work that I am planning on creating in 2020. If I have learned anything over the past three decades it is that we need to make sure to take all the rights steps if the work is to be good.
It was important for a collector historically to know where an artist studied and with whom. If an artist didn't have the right pedigree then there was no client.