I've been involved in the arts for longer than all of my adult life. I was the kid in your middle school class who drew caricatures of the kids and teachers.
Since then, I've been an art gallery director, a commercial artist and designer of things such as wall covering, silk for fashion designers, decorative laminates, luxury packaging, and been involved in other arts as well, such as Flamenco (among other styles and instruments) guitar, as a soloist and dance accompanist.
I use many different materials aside from the traditional in my art, and now I'm playing with digital images of my own paintings, drawings, etchings, photographs, etc. which is a lot of fun and provides some interesting (I hope) results.