Born in the artist colony of NoHo, back when it was just North Hollywood, my Mom gave me a John Gnagy Learn To Draw book and I was off and running, drawing snowy mailboxes, dogs, you name it. I flunked Spanish 1 three times because I was busy illustrating the boring textbook, which they would take away from me at the end of every semester.
Then I went to Art Center College of Design where they made you draw everything (and sharpen your own pencils). After graduating, I got a job in a big ad agency coming up with, and drawing storyboards on how to sell cat food. A Walter Foster Learn To Draw Book taught me how to draw cats after I got the job (two ice cream cones on top of a baseball to start).
I like working on smaller canvases because they take up less space and you can have more of them. They're not made to dominate a room, but deliver that window to the outside.