First off thanks for even being a teacher! Society benefits so much from all the effort teachers put in. And wow what a lovely owl painting ❤ It is clear from your story that you know what you want to do, but not sure how to go about it. I'll share what I did....because I am a freelance artist I don't make as much money as I did with my 9-5 job working on computers. To do the transition, I quite my full time job, accepted that I would have lower pay from now on. And moved. I moved to an area which cut my mortgage in half, I'm working towards being less dependent on my car, and even considering moving to a different country so I can get free healthcare. In the meantime also picking up part time work to support my creative endeavors. It is possibly to make a career from your creativity, but you have to be willing to take risks. All the best in wherever you go from here! Life is as limitless as your imagination.