I am Self taught. I started about 12years ago on and off but took more seriously about 5 years ago. I have painted a couple of painting for family and friends over time but still learning all the time. I find YouTube amazing and also the advice on POL is so helpful. I listen to classic FM whilst painting and find it very therapeutic (if goes well). I'm EC&I (electrical controls and instrumentation) whilst at work and have never felt to be a professional artist as I have A LONG WAY to go. I'm 55 now so preparing for retirement interest in painting Acrylics.