I'm a self-taught artist, having painted in oils since I was 11 years old. I'm also a designer and innovation consultant. I love making things, making things work better and making things beautiful.
However, for many years education and work within design and innovation took priority over my art, and I'd create only occasionally on commission.
Being so creative in my job meant I didn't quite notice how much I missed painting... I'd say I'll paint more once I got my degree.. once I accomplished something ... Years passed until I decided to no longer delay this artistic part of my creativity.