Being a visual person, I've always liked drawing.
I attempted painting some odds and ends when I was a teenager, but never really tried painting "for real", you know, like painting on rocks and pieces of wood and handing them to Mom on Christmas. Somehow, she always found a way to smile and say how pretty it is. Lol.
My Mom and Dad were both artistic but kept it to themselves, never pursuing their talents. Fearing the same and hearing friends and family telling me to take it to the next step, I went out and bought the canvas's, paints and brushes and gave it a shot. I watched a few artists on line and watched their instructional videos but never took any formal training (other than 8th grade art class :))
WOW, I can't believe how much I enjoy it. I get great satisfaction from searching for pictures, paintings, scenery, and those visions that I just have to put down on paper or recreate on canvass. I started during my Christmas vacation 2 years ago and have been hooked ever since, I now enjoy going to a few local businesses and seeing my artwork on display/for sale on their walls. I never would have thought people would want my work in their business and in their homes. It's the reaction every artist wants when someone "oooo's and aaaaa's" at what you've created.
For about a year now I've taken part in the "Art scene" It's become a great new way to meet people and make new friends at the gallery and through the businesses displaying my work.
A dozen or so of my paintings are going to be included in "The Spring Art Scene" and I'm excited about that as it again, will be the largest amount of work I've put on display so far. And of course, it’ll be the work I am the most proud of.