Can't understand how some folks paint ugly scenes such as grey dirty factories, town dumps, studies of pavement cracks etc. yet they'll do whole groupings of them and some get purchased and hung in museums.
Coming home from the Deadwood get-together I sat beside a college art major who is a welder/pipefitter by trade, paints landscapes but they are aerial views "sort of" he said and he spent two years on a California ranch/alfalfa farm. Wish I could have seen some examples of the art that results from that interesting background.
My mom's an artist -- welded/cast bronze jewelry and sculpture. She traded pieces for paintings so our house was full of huge modern paintings. I envy you having ability/ talent and encourage you to just start working in bronze. I used to weld (very very small heads) oxyacetelyne in the jewelry business as a young girl to help my mom summers although I've never sculpted. I prefer clay and sewing and junk sculpture to metal. Photography is nice too. Wish I could paint.