J W Sniderwww.ArtPal.com/Jwsnider
I find that painting is it's own form of therapy, both for the painter and, at times, the viewer.
While trying to answer the question " Why abstract?", I came across a statement by Lori McNee, who nailed it.
"Abstract Art breaks away from the traditional representation of everyday objects and familiar subject. The viewer is not distracted by meaningful images, so the mind is stirred into feeling the energy and spirit of the painting."
That pretty well sums it up for me.