I've probably really been an artist since I was first able to hold a crayon. When I was in grade school, my art teacher told me that I could already draw better than he could. And I could. So despite an extended campaign by parents and guidance counselors against the whole artist concept, that was it for me.
Not until my 60s, however, did I discover graphic novels and their wonderful potential to tell stories that I've want to tell for quite some time. A wonderful surprise recently is that I won a Leeway award for my first graphic novel, The Big Belch.