My name is Mark. I'm a 64 year old American (born November 1953) and I've been making drawings and paintings (and playing guitar) since my early teens.
Sometime around the age of 12 I discovered the art of Van Gogh. It really affected me! Monet and Cezanne and Renoir also had a huge impact. I don't know why a 12 year old would get such a thrill out of looking at those paintings, but I did! (And I still do.) And then there was Rembrandt, Vermeer, deKooning, Picasso, Hopper, Matisse, Degas, Gauguin, Bonnard, and many more. (My art books now take up about 20 feet of shelf space.)
I discovered Poser in November of 2012 while looking for animation software. As difficult and as frustrating as Poser can be at times, I love it!