Sometime in the early 80s, I was introduced to D&D by my cousin. We both got a few miniatures from Grenadier and Ral Partha, and proceed to try painting them. He was much better than me. I kept it up for a year or two, and then I moved away from the D&D group, and so my painting career came to a halt.
While in graduate school in the early 90s, a few of my friends would occasionally paint figures, and I joined them on a few occasions. I had to borrow paints, and I wasn't used to the acrylic stuff. And I was even worse than I was ten years earlier. So again, my painting career came to a halt.
Sometime around the fall of 2003, I decided to try painting again. This time, I had the benefit of the internet, and was able to learn a bunch of new stuff. And then I started taking classes. Eventually, I got somewhat decent at it, won a few competitions, and then started doing some teaching of my own.
Currently, I mostly paint for myself, but I do some freelance work for Reaper, as well as the occasional commission. Check out my website and/or Facebook page to see what I've been up to lately.