I've been painting since I was a kid (like most of us) - across all mediums. Everything from art classes to DIY projects at home. It took me a while (around 19-20) to really hone in on it.
I slowly became a regular at the art shop. There was something about it that kept driving me to invest, to keep working. The praise was nice - but even that wasn't enough. Anger, joy, stress, confusion - I realized all of my pent up emotions could be beautifully portrayed on the canvas in their purest form.