I am a software engineer by profession and started to paint about 3 years ago as an experiment to see if I could do it. I got decent enough, that people were willing to pay for my paintings (which is a huge motivation booster). I came across this site while searching for resources on still life painting and realism.
Some of the things I have painted can be found on my blog: http://moazzam-khan.com/blog/gallery/
I have to say, you guys here are amazing artists. I have seen some of the paintings in "Post Your Painting" section and wow they are amazing. I hope to learn a great deal from you all.