Learning to paint takes a lifetime! I've learnt most through teaching others and writing art courses, which have made me really study the subject.
I started painting when I was very small, and was encouraged by an aged aunt who herself was an artist. She gave me confidence that I could paint and draw, and I just grew up loving it. As time went by I worked as a missionary for a while, and was able to partially support myself by getting illustrations published.
Later I moved into hand-painting with glazes onto ceramic tiles, and for several years made a living by taking commissions for tiled murals. I now paint in watercolours, acrylics and oils and have written and published courses in painting and drawing. You can find these at www.learntodo.co.uk. I have also taught a regular weekly art class for the past seven years and have run and taught various painting holidays.