Similarly in my art, I seemed to spend most of my time exploring color and form (in both photography and kinetic sculptures), but never quite finding my niche.
Then about 16 years ago (at the start of the personal computer revolution), I decided to see if the digital field was the area to explore art-wise. I could see the possibilities, even in those first small personal computers, to explore new directions in my art. To do this, however I felt that I needed to fully understand the process that was happening inside the computer -- to fully appreciate the complexity of this evolving field. So, while exploring digital art over the ensuing years, I have also been studying the various technical aspects of computing.
I must have done fairly well, as for the last ten years I have been dealing professionally with various aspects of systems and network administration, on a variety of platforms and in a variety of circumstances (research, education, design and scientific). Presently, I am Systems Manager for the UBC Pulp and Paper Centre.
I also operate my own design firm (bdmc digital) dealing in digital design issues (including web design and management, graphic design and desktop publishing).
The trouble is, the farther I go into the administrative aspect of computing (which in reality covers most aspects of computing in general), the less time I seem to have for my art!