In 1998 I graduated from Eastern Washington with a Bachelors in Education with a Minor in Art. Long story however, I'm mainly self taught by years of trial, error, practice and observation.
Art should speak to the person looking at it. It should evoke a feeling, a thought or a memory, or it can even cause a person to ask questions about their own beliefs and paradigms. I paint things that I can connect with, and in doing so I count on at least a handful of other people to connect with it as well. That connection can develop with eye contact between the subject and the viewer, or it can happen in the arrangement of subject matter. Art speaks, and has always spoken throughout history. Maybe you'd like to connect with one of my paintings in your home. Just remember though, art doesn't have to match the couch.