I have comments from people continually saying that they don't understand abstract art which is interesting to me. I tell them to enjoy the colors and to let their eyes follow the flow. Many times that's just not enough. If they have the patience to listen I tell my story. I started studying art at the age of 11 under the guidance of a wonderful teacher, Ruth Mogford, a well known regional artist. Ruth taught that an artist must be able to draw and paint realistically first in order to really see. From my point of view there is a lot of truth to her method. As a child it taught me to see details, allow my mind to interpret, and then draw. I mastered realism quickly because I have an innate talent for realism. When Ruth was satisfied I could go on to Impressionism. I found Impressionism to be a looser form of realism which did stretch my talent. It was good I was broadening my scope which is a good thing and it was fun. I switched back and forth between the two styles honing my craft as a painter. The University of Texas, Art Department was all about Abstract Expressionism when I arrived on campus. Hum, this looks interesting and it was. In my design classes I was taught balance, rhythm, juxtaposition and color. I was also taught that the theory behind abstract art was bringing it from your subconscious. Another big a ha! Cool let me at it. I can do that! I did and still do and love creating abstract art very much. It is my favorite because I believe it comes from the soul with more expression than any other form of art. I also believe that for the viewer to really get it the viewer needs to allow their own interpretation. Where the art comes from is a universal spot. So if the abstract piece speaks to you, enjoy it! Let it flow!