A few months before my father died I came across a drawing at
his house. It was a horse in full gallop, done in ink probably
with a ball point pen. It wasn't terribly good, but you could
tell it was a horse. My dad saw me holding it and said;
"That's the first thing you ever drew that actually looked
like the subject." I asked how old I was. He didn't remember
but said that I was very young to show so much skill.
My preferred media is colored pencil.
The first time I saw any real art done with colored pencils was in college. A professor named Jim Watkins was making devices he called Kinetic Light Machines. He used colored pencils on black illustration board to paint with pigment similar images to those he painted with light. I tried imitating his techniques with light and with the pencils. The results of my efforts weren't nearly as elegant as Jim's, but I never forgot how the colors of the pencils jumped out on that black board.
Fast forward a few years and I met an artist named Lenny Davis doing architectural renderings with markers and colored pencil. I'd done lots of portraits in charcoal and pastels and one day the proverbial light bulb went off. Why not colored pencil? It worked marvelously and I've never looked back.