Basically it doesn’t matter if you go to art school.
You just have to want to do it more than anything in the world, and if you don’t go to school you have to want it even more. Ultimately. all your experiences in life should prepare you for what you are painting.
The one thing you can do to train yourself is to draw. draw, draw, draw until it becomes a part of you.
It’s just like musicians – no matter how trained, how successful, they still practice scales.
You can take a course here and there – take anatomy at a medical school if you like. And look. Find the paintings and look at them. the originals, not reproductions. Every museum, every collection you can get to. I will never forget the first time I saw a Kandinsky – what a revelation!
For me, what I was told in art school was secondary – I had to forget a lot of what I learned in order to free my hand to do what it already knew how to do. Too much thinking isn’t good.
Be a buddhist – look for your connectedness to everything in the world.
It will be hard and easy at the same time.
Your family might be supportive, but more likely they will worry – like mine did – that you will never be able to earn a living.I studied fabric design, just in case. But it was interesting, and it’s not bad for an artist to learn a craft.
Don’t expect to be rich though.