Is the following wording natural and acceptable?
Although I have won many prizes in the contest of drawing and painting, there is still room for improvement. Iím filled with ambition to become a successful artist in painting, illustration, and writing. It gives me a sense of achievement and makes me happy when I engage in these activities. I will pursue my goals to realize my dreams.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
I'd use competitions rather than contests. It's simply personal preference.