I trained as an Architect and have been a practitioner since 1977. I painted at school and did A level art. If you did art at the Grammer school that I went to you were directed towards Architecture. Which is what I did. I did not paint again until 2006 after I had a heart attack as a form of relaxation. I surprised myself!...I did not think that I could paint. Attended an art group and had some guidance. My tutor surprised me by asking me why I had never painted since school as I had a hidden ability......imagine how much better I would have been if I had not lost all those years. It seems now that every painting that I do is an improvement on the last. Still learning as I go.