I can't tell you when I became an artist, because as far as I can tell I have always been one. I have always loved art; it has been one of my passions in life. I was in Honors Art in middle school and also went to a summer art camp, which I absolutely LOVED.
Created sometime in middle school at summer art camp: charcoal
In high school I was in the Art Club and also went to the Governor's School for the Arts summer program (well, until I got homesick and begged my mom to come get me. lol)
Created in high school art class: watercolor and colored pencil
Then in college I majored in Graphic Arts. I would have loved to major in visual arts....but I figured I needed something more marketable. :-) I really liked my major and when I graduated I had a job as a graphic designer for about 3.5 years.
A flyer I created at my previous graphic design job.
I still did small projects for my house or for friends and family. But I soon realized that a cubicle setting just isn't for me (still do some freelance graphic design though). And I still longed to create with my hands rather than technology. So I took a leap of faith, quit my job for a part time job at a cupcake shop, so that I could also work part time as an artist/crafter. And I have loved every minute of it :-). This has only been in the past 6 months-ish, but I have already had ups, downs, made lots of contacts, and had to figure out my business logistics. I am pretty excited about what the future holds for Bringing Sunshine!
Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for Part 2: My specialty and why I chose it.