I began 'rendering' several years ago, when the Tombraider level editor came out. Back then, I was Tommy Tomb Raider. I think my old site is still up in fact. I got my first copy of RHINO and Poser 4 on an old used computer I bought at a garage sale for thirty bucks. That was when I decided that if I could create something that people wanted or liked, I would give it away. Besides, no one is going to offer me a job doing this anyway.
So, until that time, everything I have made or will make is free to whomever can use it.