This selection might be considered the "root" of my painting style, as it is probably the 2nd grouping of pieces that all came together in kind. Some might call this genre of art: Outsider Art, Art Brut, Visionary art, or naïve art. Raw Vision Magazine has definitions about this stuff, but I just call it a kind of folk art style because I don't want to confuse my work with any of these definitions even though I might fit into parts of them.
I've never been what you'd call a true "Outsider Artist." I don't live in a shed on the fringes of society, but I am completely self-taught. I've had no formal training of any kind. I didn't grow up with the Internet and I've not even cracked open any books to speak of. However, in recent years I've been studying a lot of art history. I read a lot of art criticism and I've looked at more art than you can shake a stick at, which seems to be art education in and of itself. I don't think you can stay naive forever; an artist must evolve sooner or later.