My mother was an artist and she would let me dabble with her brushes and oils. My job was to clean her brushes every day and I did a fantastic job. I loved the smell of her art room and could not wait to see her next project.
I did see the other side of her, on being a struggling artist, so I did put most of my art stuff on the back burner, until I discovered digital art..I love creating on the computer and I have been known to check my hands to see how messy they were, as digital art is so lifelike. I do miss cleaning my brushes.