I have been creating art since I was about 5 years old. I have always loved to doodle and draw and try to re-create what I see. At a very young age my father noticed I had somewhat of a natural talent. I began to draw pages from my coloring book and I had to convince to my parents that I did not trace the pictures.
I am not the BEST artist but I enjoy creating and I have gotten better at it over the years. BUT I could be much better at it. I could be a much better artist but for a very long time I stopped working on my gift. I started to believe the hype that I would just be a "starving artist" and that there was no real career in doodles, drawings and paintings. I didn't even pursue art when I got to college. I made the decision in high school that it would just be a hobby and no more. For years people didn't even realize that I was an artist. I didn't claim it as part of who I was.
Boy was I wrong!
In 2007 I came back around and noticed that my artwork was beautiful and no matter how much better than me another artist was or could be, they couldn't be ME! I love my artwork and what I create with my hands and I love to share my art with others and so far that is what I have done! I make more than I ever thought possible on paintings and I STILL undersell myself!
My point is..... I should have gone for it long ago! I should have stuck with it and kept drawing and painting and learned more! If I had done it right and stuck with it NEVER giving up my skills at this point would be insane! BUT the good thing is..... It's not too late for me and each year, I WILL continue to get better!!