I'd like to say that I graduated a prestigious Art school and have a BFA in Fine Art, but that's not how my story goes....
I've always been fascinated with art and drawing since childhood. I was that kid in the back of the class drawing in his notebooks. My dream was to go to art school right after high school. But a lot of change was going on in my life at that time. My parents were going through a divorce, I was back and forth between both houses. etc. Taking general credits at community college, but with no real direction.
Then my girlfriend gets pregnant. So I started working. Sometimes working two jobs, and always looking for better pay or getting promotions. At around 28, I got into a good job at a University working in the IT Department, where I earned certifications and got very good with hands on repair and customer service. It was a great place to work, wonderful people, and provided well for my family. I worked 17 years there.
Throughout my twenties and into my thirties, I didn't paint or draw at all.
In 2003 I start painting again, and begin with acrylics. But I'm still working, so I'm not consistent with it.
In 2007, my wife and I divorce. My whole life gets turned upside down, and it takes me several years to recover. I do paint during this time, but I'm not consistent, and the feelings kinda come and go.
I do recover, and I fall in love again and get married in 2013. We start building our lives and home together. As I work, my wife finishes up with beauty school and starts working as a hairstylist. Slowly her business and clientele grows. During this time things were tight financially, but we kept at it and my wife didn't give up. Her business kept growing.
In 2017, I was able to retire from my 17 year job and join my wife with her business. I also realize an opportunity to pursue my art . For 2018 , I complete exactly 100 paintings, and I'm on target for 180 paintings in 2019. I average about 4 paintings a week.
For the first time in my life, I'm consistent with my art. I spend everyday in my studio and grateful for each moment. I plan to create an immense body of work and I'm well on my way of doing that. I don't take things for granted. I have an opportunity here and I know I'll be kicking myself later in life if I don't give this my best shot. ...
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