I did not become an artist. I was born an artist and have spent my life perfecting it. Because of sacrifice, a few good choices, and a bit of luck, I spend my days enjoying art. I wake at dawn and begin working on a piece and bedtime comes when the body gives out but most days that is twelve to fifteen hours. I do believe that good things come from hard work and that excuses are a detriment to creating art. I can truly say that I am rich with no money.