I'm a husband a dad and love art and originally from the Pacific Northwest.
Art became an interest when I was five. In my opinion, there is no such thing as a bad artist. As long as you're staying free of trouble then that in itself is an art. I'm self taught in sketching, painting, Bryce, DAZ and Terragen.
My wife and children come first. Even before my art.
My art is heavily influenced by H. R. Giger, Wayne Douglas Barlowe, Sergio Leone, David Lean and John Carpenter.
If you love art, treat it like a hobby. If you regard it as anything else you'll be less motivated to do better.
My tools of choice are Bryce, Blender 2.6, DAZ 3D and Terragen 2.