It is not necessarily the money that keeps him going but satisfaction he gets when he discovers new things.
It is this contentment that made Mzuzu-based Felix Mphande to abandon his teaching profession to explore new life in the world of arts.
â€œThe world of arts is unlimited, interesting and full of discoveries. Every day, one learns new ways of doing things better,â€ he says.
Mphande makes wall clocks with different curves and paints biblical, village and lake sceneries.
â€œI also do a lot more things such as key holders, earrings and necklaces which I sell through Claim Bookshop and Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi,â€ he says.
His journey into the world of arts dates back to 1995 when he worked as a teacher at an orphan care and social rehabilitation centre in Lilongwe.
â€œWhen I was in Lilongwe, I met Chrisfold Chayela, a physically-challenged person, who used to paint different things using his mouth.
â€œI got interested in what he was doing and in no time, I found myself learning how to combine colours and paint something that people can appreciate,â€ he said.
His skills were sharpened further by another friend at the centre, Dr Teerhar, who liked fixing jigsaw puzzles.
â€œI liked the way he used to put together small pieces to form different shapes. This is how I learnt how to come up with funny curves and shapes of wall clocks, key holders and necklaces,â€ he said.
Although Mphande did accounting at Lilongwe Technical College, he says he finds more excitement in arts than figures.
â€œI love the art. It gives me excitement and satisfaction,â€ he says.
But the field is not without challenges.
He says some gallery operators want to buy their paintings for a song but sell them at high prices.
â€œThey buy a painting at K3 000 [$10] and sell it at K30 000 [$30]. That is unfair,â€ says Mphande.