No, not Spanish or Italian or French. An artist needs to be fluent
in the languages of realism and abstraction. By realism I mean the formal
aspects of art--the painting techniques and drawing skills we develop over time
through experience. Abstraction is the other side of the coin, the visual
language that frees us to paint and draw what is going on inside our heads. It
means that I may be looking at a tree, but I want to paint power, life, majesty,
and wisdom. The tree becomes a vessel for my message, not the message itself.