They say proof is in the pudding, check this out. "...On a spur of the moment trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2011, Susan met Julianna Poldi, an abstract artist and teacher who gave an abstract art workshop. It was as if Susan had finally found the right side of her brain...and her passion! She started painting for the first time and has been painting full time ever since....." http://susanpetreeart.com/
Julianna Poldi, MFA, is a leader in transformational painting workshops, with a passion for guiding others into their creative destiny. "I work with every level from beginner to advanced and provide a private, safe and professional environment for you to begin."
Current paintings on display are by Konrad Carter a self taught artist who moved to Palm Springs after working for the City of Los Angeles. His paintings are vibrant and richly layered as he explores the urban terrain impressed upon him in tandem with the bright light and colors of the desert. You can also view these in person at Poldi Gallery at Backstreet Arts District in Palm Springs.