My "serious" education started as a music major but ended(?) with a BS in chemistry. While in school, ideas for pictures kept popping into my head. Initially I dismissed them, thinking, "Somebody ought to paint that." Eventually, I decided that that "somebody" should be me. Now my self-taught approach is trying to go with it to the extent that I can.
I like imagery that has some kind of twist or irony, particularly the merging of two ideas in an unusual and yet somehow logical way. One might say I'm generally trying to render something that pushes the envelope of reality without quite crossing over into fantasy.
I admire a so-called classical approach to painting, but, as I'm mainly just trying to get the idea from my head to the canvas, there's a smattering of impressionism in my art.