The only difference between me (a painter) and my father (a mechanic) is the oil on our hands. (2013)
Pure vision is more in need of an open mind than a perfect soul. (1993)
Like a bad speech, a bad painting is endurable for the first five minutes. After ten, an enormous amount of patience and polite endurance is required to continue looking at it. After fifteen, it becomes unbearable. After twenty minutes downright annoying – for the repeated yawns it inevitably causes.
Only through imitation do we develop toward originality. – John Steinbeck – American author (1902-1968)
The creative process should never be easy. Comfortable, yes. Easy, never.
A bad painting remains a bad painting despite any and all lofty intentions, Master diplomas or artistic statements in its defense.
It is possible to draw and paint if you are afraid of the world but impossible if you are afraid of yourself.
Art is our maker, not our slave.
Art is never abstract and always is.
The arts are a counter-balance to the demands of conformity, to a submission to the status quo and to lowest common denominator expectations concocted by an environment become complacent.