I have been doodling since I could hold a pencil.
Realized I might be "an artist" when a successful neighbour plunked me down, gave me a sketchbook with grid lines, and told me I had a gift and to refine it… I must have been drawing on too many walls or something. I remember being annoyed at the grid lines, restricting where to draw, but learning the lesson of perspective.
That was before I was a distracted teen, so the path was started early. I tried to go a different direction in high school; but when faced with - now what do I do with my life after graduation, I chose fine art & graphic design in college. Computers became another tool to follow the creative path. I have been lucky enough to always have a full time career, full of artistic inspiration and direction. It's easy to love what you do, when you do what you love.
Art is not just something I do though, it is a part of who I am.
Art is one of those outlets, for any creative inspired people, it is the focus and being in the zone, captured by your muse, and thus begins the chase of creation.
I am always amazed at what inspires me to create. It could be an abstract random pattern, or a bold colour against a dull sky. The folds of a flower petal, backlighting, revealing patterns…Always, to me it is a dance of light and shadow.