One of my relatives works as an electrician at Western Washington University.
In school in Arnhem (Netherlands) I never excelled at mathematics and approached the subject with considerable unease.
At the School for Architecture and Decorative Arts I found my path in life as an artist specializing in drawing and woodcut printing.
When my brother noticed that my artwork on "filling the plane" had applications to crystallography, he gave me a paper on plane symmetry groups, which started my research in mathematics.
One of my etchings, Circle Limit III, was proven by Donald Coxeter to be mathematically perfect in its use of hyperbolic geometry, down to the millimeter.
Maurits Cornelius Escher, 1898-1972