As far back as I can remember I've always drawn. Cartoons were a big inspiration for me. I think all young kids have creativity within them and we either nurture it or just let it fade away as we learn math and other practical things.
I chose to continue drawing off and on into high school but gave in to practicality when I was around 14.
It took many years to regain my interest in art. I stumbled back upon it as I discovered graphic design at 26. At the time is was a secondary interest to design as the program I attended in college was "Graphic Design and Illustration". Art was kind of there but took a back seat.
It came back into my life about 5 years later around 2003 when I took an interest in learning how to oil paint. Lots of trial and error and learning the techniques from the age of Rembrandt and Vermeer.
Within a year of painting I was approached by a couple of Vancouver galleries to show my work and enjoyed that for a couple of years before the economy crashed and interest dropped yet again. This led to a several year slump of painting.
In the last year my passion for painting has returned. I've been painting smaller and with a more direct painting and contemporary style. This gives me opportunity to finish a piece much quicker considering that painting is not my main career.
I'm not sure where this path will take me but I do know that I'm heading in the right direction and my passion for painting is stronger than it ever has been.