Nonetheless I have been creating since a young age. I still have and use a portable easel kit that is well over 30 years old. The easel was part of a water colour set. I used it to do this painting in 1982.
I gave it to my Grandpa Iverson for Christmas that year ("love Tanya xoxoxo"). He was special, and I trusted him. It was one of the few times I willingly shared something I created, right up to the past 8 years or so.
I also have a sewing box from the same time, and have been making clothes and other items since around age 8. My own sewing machine has graced many a table since 1993. I made my own wedding dress with it. The funny thing is, since such items are useful and functional, rather than "artistic" I've never had qualms about claiming them as my own creations. This in spite of making my own patterns and designs . . .
Ah such is the human psyche.
Which is why I am claiming my artistic pretensions, not my artistic talent. I claim inspiration, imagination and the need to create. That's enough for me.