I had no great life plan.I seem to have happened across most things by chance and have been very lucky in the process.
I remember sitting on a Pembrokeshire beach around 10 years ago sketching and a lovely person asked if I was a professional artist ? I laughed out loud and joked "oh no I just do this for fun". But I was flattered that she even asked the question. I just carried on painting for many more years in snatched hours on holidays and at weekends.
Children and work kept me very busy but I loved to paint....
And so around 18 months ago after a lot of thought and a lot of encouragement from family, friends and people via Facebook and twitter, I decided to leap into self employed work as a full time artist. It has been a steep learning curve to say the least. Keeping accounts, learning about print runs, putting a price on a picture, these are all skills I am still learning.
Then I have to find a rhythm to my days and a list of ongoing work, taking post to the post office, packaging ,answering queries and coping with rejections as well as praise
But I can honestly say so far so good , I am busy, I am making a living and I still love to paint , so when people ask me what I do for a living .... I can say "I am an artist".