3 years ago we featured Hong Kong painter Marc Allante’s artwork, showing how his artistic skills have improved since early childhood. Since then, he’s quit his corporate job and is now happily doing art full time. We decided to reach out to him.

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“I was in corporate finance and insurance,” Allante told Bored Panda. “I lost my mother very abruptly to cancer which made me re-evaluate a lot of the priorities in my life. Ultimately, I felt that I would deeply regret not giving an art career a proper shot.”

“I think with enough practice and patience, anyone has the ability to learn to draw and create art. I was lucky enough to start very early and be encouraged by my family, but I don’t think it’s ever too late to give it a go!”

“I am usually grinning like an idiot most of the time and the happiest I have been in a very long time. I think it’s rare for anyone to be able to make a living doing what they love so I know I have been stupidly fabulously lucky! At the same time, I am working harder than I have ever had in my life as I don’t want to rest on my laurels (or luck).”

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Thank you, Marc Allante, for talking to Bored Panda about your wonderful work!