Jerry's "Compartmentalized" Mind
Art is about growing spiritually. It's a means to an end, unless your a commercial artist, in which case you do art for a living. Let me speak personally. I've achieved the pinnacle in spirituality in my art. Basically, I have no reason to continue doing art, unless I want to reproduce the pinnacle I reached. It's no different that reaching specific goal in your life. After you reach the goal, are you going to stop there? Or are you going to continue on to accomplish another goal you've set for yourself? You're going to continue on, right?
I'm guessing Jerry thinks he's reached the pinnacle of success as an art critic, which gives him the right to write about his failed life as an artist.
Jerry failed as an artist, so what would make me believe he's succeeded as an art critic? That sounds right.
You can read the original article and more about "Pierre," The only documented spirit in a painting here: Pierre