MAARET Sinkko worked in town planning in Rockhampton for 20 years.
Yet without planning it, she suddenly changed her career path and focused on being an artist instead.
Enrolling at TAFE initially on a whim two years ago, Maaret is now planning to celebrate the end of her Diploma of Visual Arts course with her fellow students at the launch of their exhibition New Salt.
The Yeppoon based artist said she had simply called in to TAFE to drop off some art work for an exhibition and just announced 'I'm going to enrol next year.'
And she did.
Maaret has no regrets about her decision to leave her town planning career and take a different road.
"It was about taking my art to a professional level," Maaret said, finding the mixture of theory and practical subjects TAFE offered has set her up for the best chance of success in her new career.
"We run a business, art is our business."
Describing herself and fellow artists as self-starters and entrepreneurs, Maaret said the end of their TAFE journey was just the start of their artistic journey.
"This is like a language, and I am still learning."