I love the colors in this, and the big, fat brush strokes. If the tree were any closer to the center, the composition wouldn't work...but it's off to the right just a tad, so it works. I hope there aren't too many bad teachers...what's your major?
isn't cool how in some paintings (like this one) you're sort of half aware its a painting yet your minds tell you its a photograph... and then you're like wait a minute... *looks closer* NO IT'S NOT! I really like it.