I'm sure it helps to have a good aesthetic sense and a good eye for color. However, drawing and painting skills are not instinctive or inborn. They certainly were not for me. I did not draw or paint much as a kid. I shied away from art classes in junior high, high school and college, because I thought I would do badly! Fortunately, much of the skills can be learned with instruction and especially practice. If I could have practiced every day, I would have learned faster. But, since I had a day job, I had to stick to art in the evenings and on weekends, and it took me about 20 years. This means there is hope for any of you who want to be an artist!