"Twenty years, if you're living it, doesn't seem very long. Things happen (sometimes lots of things). I married, I travelled, I adopted one cat and then another; my husband and I bought a house. I learned new things, ranging from Photoshop to using a blowtorch.
Magic: The Gathering wasn't the most important part of my life (see marriage above) but its influence spread throughout my life. Two members of our wedding party were friends I made working in Magic. They weren't the only friends I made working on Magic; even now, if I'm in a strange city, I usually know someone to have dinner with, and many are people I met through Magic: Magic paid for my first computer, and for a lot of travel.
Most importantly to me, my work for Magic gave me more confidence in my painting abilities. Art directors gave me assignments that included subjects I wouldn't have chosen on my own. I learned to plan compositions carefully because the final printed images were very small. I spent more time working with reference. I learned to never let other people discourage me about my work; they may only encourage me.
From: The Gathering Reuniting Pioneering Artists of Magic: The Gathering