I was wondering what kind of impact others (family, friends, teachers...etc) have had on your pursuits in art...good and bad.
For a better chunk of my life I swore I was going to work in art somehow. But I had the parents that told me to pick a real career and move on. I still held onto the notion, but not as outwardly. I used to live for art classes all through school until a teacher told me I was a waste of art supples and denied me the tools to continue to do my assignments. I actually started bringing my own canvas and the same teacher would give my supplies away, and then punished me when I'd try to get them back.
Looking back I've realized I let moments like that, and my parents refusal to encourage me, shape me. Now I feel the need to play catch up for time lost.
Anyway, what kind of influence have others had on your ability to create? Has it manifested within your work habits, or work itself?