I would suspect most artists want others to enjoy their art--someone, maybe anyone. I feel that insecurity, of course I'm insecure about a lot of other things too. Oh well... I've been told by art instructors that an artist creates because they must express themselves, and it's not necessary that others like their work. I think that is BS. What artist would want to stand next to their art at an exhibit and hear viewers say something derogatory about their work? Or even worse walk by quickly averting their eyes so as not to convey their disinterest in your creation.
In November I will exhibit my art at the Cloverdale Art Alliance. I will stand there with a very dry mouth, trying to smile, and hoping that someone will say, "I love your work." So you see, it is wonderful that my friends and family encourage me. It will help me become more confident and sure of myself.