Why am I qualified to tell you all about art? Well first of all, since art is both subjective and personal, I think we all have something valuable to say and share. As for my professional experience, and to give credit where credit is due: I attended art school at Brigham Young University, which has a top-notch Illustration program (not to mention the other, truly amazing programs available there). I have interned with and met many successful artists. I have a current, steady stream of clients, which began even before I graduated with my BFA in 2011. I have been a private art tutor to over a dozen students since 2012.
If there's one thing I've learned in life, it's this: I am not that original. If I've felt a certain way about a certain thing, then there are most certainly other people that feel the same way I do. And so, when I admit to myself that'd I'd be a complete emotional wreck if I didn't have art as an outlet, I recognize that other people are probably in the same boat as I am. Some people watch TV to unwind. Some head to the gym. Others listen to music or bake or eat, but painting is what works best for me. Maybe you, too, will find it a potent de-stressing exercise. Give it a try!