I was reading a while back that there are two types of genuises (and I suppose artists). Those who at a relatively young age come up with breath-taking ideas, concepts or art, but then never quite reach the same peak of creativity again. Then there are the late-bloomers who consistently put in the time and effort and reach a peak way into their later years. The rarest kind would be those who peak early and stay there.
Perhaps it was the same writer that Joe refers to above.
Dang -- I did not realize there was a second page of posts. Some great comments! I like to think that I am just getting started -- or restarted after slowing down a bit raising three boys. It is nice having three 16-year-olds to help haul an 8x10 or an 11x14 camera around...and to use as models.