I am a photographer and design artist living in Texas. I started college as an art student in the 70's but was talked out of it by my parents saying "where's the insurance in being an artist". I've had a successful corporate career in technology but still have those urges to create. Due to a genetic lung disease I don't do much photography any more. I work on a computer and have a great deal of fun creating designs of my own.
As a final comment if you have been diagnosed with COPD ask to be tested for alpha1-antitrypsin deficiency. Unfortunately many people are not tested or misdiagnosed, as I was. Please learn more about this genetic disorder.