Yes, I know you just want to create art, but the truth is, until you have built a client base eager to buy your work, part of your time will have to be spent in selling what you create. You can't sell it, if you don't show it. You can't show it until you identify potential buyers willing to look.
That means carefully considering whom your art is most likely to appeal to and doing research to find out where, when and how they buy. Does your work fall into the "decorative art" category or is it more specialized? Interior designers and architects buy a great deal of art. Some specialize in residential projects, some in commercial assignments such as banks, businesses, hotels, golf clubs, medical offices or hospitals.
If your specialty is painting motorcycles or animal portraits, you'll be spinning your wheels concentrating on reaching interior designers, but there are many motorcycle clubs and dealers who may be interested. There are also veterinarians, pet shops and animal shelters, each of which may be able to guide you to owners who want a pet portrait.
Does your work measure up to the competition? Does it have a distinctive difference that makes it more attractive, more affordable or easier to buy? Can you tell or show potential buyers how and why your art is special in words or text? Can you describe that difference on your website or blog or when you are face-to-face with potential buyers?