I'm not professional artist, because I ern money by another profession. I'm a web developer from Ukraine, but painting time after time all of my life. For fun, for my games and for my web sites. I'm happy when I paint and I see that many people like my artworks. It's a good reason not to stop.
I didn't graduate any Art School... Yes, It's not a reason to pride, but in our time, with the Internet we can study everything at home. It doesn't matter what do you do... but it matters that you do it with love.