I am a pencil artist from New Ulm, a small town in Texas (human population approximately 700, cattle, 70,000!). My story is rather unremarkable compared with a lot of other artists who have quite impressive bios but so it goes.
Why do I draw? I don't know: I have just always had the desire, from drawing paper dolls as a kid (I'm dating myself) to taking every art class I could in school. I even carried it through to college where I majored in fine art. God bless my parents for not balking and letting me pursue a basically unmarketable degree!
So fresh out of college with a degree in fine art I gladly took an office job to avoid starvation. I had several careers (jobs, in other words) through the years, including a short stint teaching grade school art but through all those years I found time to keep drawing.
I was lucky enough, thanks to my husband's hard work and success, to retire in 2011 and as a result have a lot more time for art.
So, here I am, rapidly approaching geezer-hood, still plugging away with my pencils.