Well...I'm self taught. I let my native american and native earthling experiences influence my work.
I don't believe there are mistakes in art. Anything created by a person is insight into however crazy, skewed or thoughtful a persons being is. Embrace it all.
I believe if we as humans could learn to appreciate other humans artwork, even if we don't like it, we could learn to appreciate each other AS humans and not; black, white, mexican, iranian, scott etc...our differences are only our clothes and experiences. We were made by God. If we're good enough for him, we ought to be good enough for each other.
This earth has two things it'll be known for when it's all over.
Art, like music and visual arts....and the fact we kill each other instead of help each other. Let's focus more on ART!